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2009 Coriole McLaren Vale Chenin Blanc

The Station Hotel, Lismore, for $16.95, is probably the only bottleshop in the Northern Rivers that sells this iconic Australian wine, Coriole’s flagship since the 1980s. In colour it’s a very pale lemon white, and there’s gooseberry, lemon and metal in the nose. It’s like drinking the colour silver-grey. Even though very subtle, it’s not a wine you can ignore. It stays with you, demanding to be noticed, if not acknowledged. Great summer drinking. Simon White is the current winemaker, and the label is elegantly simple in black and cream with a single lime-green border.

2009 Coriole McLaren Vale Fiano

For $22.95, the Station Hotel also has Coriole’s Fiano. Coriole is well known, then, for unusual varieties. Fiano is an old Italian white, with Coriole’s website saying it was common in ancient Rome. So if you’re feeling like putting on your Roman sandals, or, in my Australian rugby league gene thick-, squat-leg case, pink Maseurs, fiano strikes just the right note in high summer. I would have loved to have loved it, but I drank with two experienced wine servers who were unimpressed. Hopefully I’ll return to it sometime soon with renewed vision.


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