Originally established in the 1860s by one of Melbourne's founding fathers, James Johnston, Craiglee Vineyard was absent from the Australian wine landscape until it was replanted in 1976 by an enthusiastic agricultural science graduate called Pat Carmody. Now one of Australia's most highly regarded and awarded wineries, Craiglee is still run with the loving attention of Pat and Dianne Carmody with the occasional input of their sons.
I’d have Craiglee on my list of Australia’s best Shiraz for sure, except they’re such quiet achievers, you might forget to add them. Blackberry, boysenberry, spicy biscuits, a dash of pepper, white flowers. It’s medium-bodied, fresh mixed berries (raspberry in particular), distinctly minerally acidity gives it a water-coloured texure, then comes a bold smudge of fine graphite tannin to underline. Has a wonderful transparency, though it does have depth of fruit to go. Finish is well-defined, savoury/spicy, and very clean and long, that beautiful tannin still gripping as it goes. Yes. Tasted: Jul 19; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $70; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2035+; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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