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
"An envelope of sweet loamy earth, black and dark cherry, sealed with a thick wad of oak and stamped with the saline postcode of the region. All as expected: ripe, full bodied and seamlessly made. The length is driven by the sheer force of fruit and personality, rather than any real freshness. The tannins, refined. The ageability, high. 93 points"
Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion
"Spicy, pepper even, black tea, blackberry and dark cherry, and coffee grinds. Savoury, earthy, quire fresh and lively, again black fruit with exotic spice, maybe some cardamom bitterness, chewy and gummy feel, blueberry and saline/earthy flavour, with plenty of chew and length of flavour. A bit different, in terms of Coriole Shiraz, but very good. 93+ points"
Gary Walsh, The Winefront