Friday, May 11, 2012

Wine of the day # 2 - Coriole Lloyd Reserve Shiraz 2008

Assessment of quality

Outstanding quality, after 6 days or during the first opening the complexity and balance of body have not gone tired, the secondary note of smoke gamey and tar express more and more after days of opening. It has the quality of a french oaky old wine while only having 4 years of aging in the bottle. Amazingly good. Strong and lengthy aftertaste. The jammy liquid suggests strong concentration. Excellent quality and should worth a higher ranking than excellent in Langton's Classification.


Clarity: Bright
Intensity: deep (as McLaren Vale was warm in '08, the style is of richer red)
Colour: Tawny (after 6 days)
Observations: heavy legs
Condition: Clean
Development: developed
Intensity: high
Aroma: cherry, gamey, peppery

Sweetness: medium
Acidity: medium
Tannin: medium +
Alcohol: medium +
Body: full
Flavour Intensity: high
Flavour: more blackberries, more gamey than the nose, less pepper with some tar and coffee end note
Length: long
Readiness to drink
Fully developed, ready to drink and can last for 15-20 years more.
Suggest decanting before drinking

Suggested food pairing: Wagyu beef, tenderloin, lamb chop (suggest not to have too strong flavoured beef if it is not decanted)_______________________________________________________________________________
Source: Coriole Cellar Door, McLaren Vale Australia
Price: NIL (est. HKD$750)
Year: 2008
Grape varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.0%
Score: 96 pts (James Halliday)
Qualification: Langton's Excellent Classification:

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