With a ruby red hue in the glass, this medium bodied red is driven by mourvèdre’s savoury tones. The nose offers up raspberry, spiced plum, bay leaf and blueberry. 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.
A cool spring with windy conditions led to a delay in bud-burst, but the season then saw record temperatures in late December. This was followed by a mild January/February, at the start of harvest we were tracking 10 days later than 2019. This trend followed throughout the season with the final fruit coming in during mid-April. Yields were below average in shiraz and cabernet but healthy crops on most other varieties. 2020 whites are showing delicacy in their aromatics, with fresh natural acidity. The 2020 reds are displaying bright red-fruited fragrance with great intensity on the palate. The resulting wines have an even tannin structure giving depth and longevity with an elegance of fruit.
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. Mourvèdre 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 2020 Dancing Fig blend is Mourvèdre (45%), Grenache (40%), Shiraz (15%).