The nose is spritely and fresh showing fresh lemon, cypress and crushed shell. The palate is fine and long with fresh acidity providing drive and texture, flavours of citrus blossom and wet stone leaving the palate craving seafood, natural oysters especially!
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 despite that, the wines are showing impressive depth and balance. Our Mediterranean varieties have really shown their potential under these conditions with the Sangiovese vines producing solid yields, great balance, flavour and acidity. Our Nero, 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.
We planted Australia’s first Piquepoul vineyard in 2010 after falling in love with this delightful southern French variety. The delicate texture and lively acidity make it a great partner to Australia’s fresh seafood and oysters.
Food Pairing Notes
Best served with freshly shucked oysters - the ultimate companion to complement Piquepoul’s lively acidity. Or try some lightly grilled fresh caught squid with a squeeze of citrus.
Piquepoul has long been a favourite of the Lloyd Family and was selected as having potential as a new variety for McLaren Vale. We imported the cuttings in 2009 from a nursery in southern France and some years later had our first release in 2015. The variety has proven itself to be well suited to our Mediterranean climate and has found a new home in the Vale. Its fresh acidity and lively texture make it a great accompaniment for seafood, particularly oysters and other shellfish.