With a ruby red hue in the glass, this medium bodied red is driven by mourvèdre’s savoury tones. The nose offers up raspberry, spice, bay leaf, blueberry and blood plum. The palate is bright and moreish; soft, generous forest fruits - boysenberry, blackberry - and dark chocolate. This is a beautiful, textural red with great length and balanced acid.
The 2019 vintage at Coriole had dry weather, resulting in one of our smallest vintages ever. Yields were down, particularly with shiraz and cabernet, but the wines show impressive depth and balance. Our Mediterranean varieties showed their potential under these conditions, with the sangiovese vines producing solid yields, great balance, flavour and acidity. Our nero d'avola, montepulciano and touriga ripened late, but once again with great balance and flavour. The chenin blanc and piquepoul held up their acidity, producing mid-weight wines with beautiful fragrance, and the fiano is showing concentration of flavour, richness and texture.
Dancing Fig is produced from mourvèdre from our Willunga vineyard, and grenache and shiraz from our Coriole estate. The wine is all about great generosity of fruit, but with a softer tannin profile coming from the mourvèdre and the Willunga soils. In the winery, we produce Dancing Fig by co-fermenting mourvèdre and grenache, with shiraz blending occurring post-ferment.
Food Pairing Notes
A traditional Italian pasta made with pork and fennel sausage, rich thick tomato puree, oregano, parsley and a generous amount of Coriole kalamata olives.
The grapes for this classic blend are sourced from several family vineyards throughout McLaren Vale. Mourvedre is grown near Willunga, in the South, on slate soil whereas the Grenache and Shiraz are grown on the Northern end of the Coriole estate on Terra Rossa soils.
"Dancing Fig" refers to the many species of fig, fruiting and ornamental, that are grown at Coriole. The 2019 Dancing Fig blend is Mourvèdre (55%), Grenache (35%), Shiraz (10%).