Coriole Mary Kathleen Cabernet Merlot 2009 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
13.5%, Screwcap, $50
Produced since 1992 from fruit off the Coriole Estate. Except for this 2009 which was made from Adelaide Hills grapes. Normal service was resumed in 2010 and 11.
It looks like a regal, old school herbal Adelaide Hills red too, all mint and eucalypt aplenty, over a dense and quite chewy long term palate. I like the chew of the back end, the fruit a little compacted but certainly composed and deep. A wine you want to have in the cellar as it will undoubtedly make tasty old bones. Will need a long decant to temper those wooly tannins now.
Score: 17/20 90/100+
Would I buy it? No, but I think I’d like some in the cellar to pull out and see where it goes.