As has pretty much always been the case, Coriole has done things differently to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Groups of media have enjoyed vertical tastings of the most important ranges of Coriole wines (Lloyd Reserve and sangiovese) as well as glimpsing an exciting future with new varieties – piquepoul, fiano, negroamaro, nero d’Avola and montepulciano. These tastings have been replicated for a mailing list lunch at the cellar door and capital city dinners.
The picturesque hillside vineyard, under the guardianship of the Lloyd family for 50 years, goes back significantly further into McLaren Vale’s history. There have been vines on the site since 1873 and the Lloyd Reserve Shiraz includes fruit from vines planted in 1919. It’s a significant time for the family, too, as Mark Lloyd wrestles with succession planning – almost ready to hand over to sons Peter and Duncan. Coriole has been a pioneer of olive oil production and alternative varieties more appropriate to the region’s climate – sangiovese has been in production since 1985 and they have led the way with fiano and piquepoul.
Photography courtesy of Coriole