The Pettigala Shiraz comes from the highest Shiraz vineyard here on the Coriole estate - a 1967 planting on our contour hill. Each row is planted on a small terrace which makes mechanisation of the block impossible - everything is done by hand. The vineyard is quite low yielding at 2 to 3 tonnes per acre, and is typically the most fragrant, spicy and perfumed out of the Coriole estate shiraz blocks. The name "Pettigala" comes from the Pettigala area in Sri Lanka, home to tea production and spice farming. When this wine showed its characters, we had to name it as our own "spice mountain".
"Deep, dark red/purple/black hues, the bouquet smacks of ironstone and berry-jam, a little black pepper, while the palate is very full-bodied and firmly-structured, with penetrating depths and long-lasting persistence. 95 points"
Huon Hooke, The Real Review