Craiglee is one of Australia's finest producers, but constantly flies under the radar. A great thing for fans and those in the know, as it has resulted in some of Australia's finest , iconic and most unique shiraz remaining somewhat available, and more importantly, incredibly reasonably priced. Vines were first planted at Craiglee in 1863, and the 1872 "Hermitage" (shiraz) was immortalised by various awards at a prestigious international wine competition in Vienna. The winery became defunct in the Depression, but bottles of the 1872 survived on their reputation to be opened in 1972. I remember John Brown Sr (of Brown Brothers) telling me many years ago that he was so impressed by the hundred-year-old wine that he convinced a young Pat Carmody, an agricultural science student working his family farm on the site of the old Craiglee vineyard, to replant vines at the site. Fast-forward to today, and the ever so laconic, but razor sharp Pat is still making wine from estate-grown, hand-picked fruit in the same bluestone winery built over 150 years ago. If one is looking for a definitive example of Victorian shiraz, look no further. A Cornas or Hermitage of the same pedigree would be frighteningly expensive!
These wines are expected to arrive in store next week!
2018 Craiglee Shiraz
RRP: $66 | Offer: $54!
"There are some wines that are special and unique because they are not dictated to by fashion or shareholders and, more importantly, they have a strong sense of place. That’s Craiglee. Expect a taste of dark plums, cedary oak, pepper and spice, licorice and gum leaf. The palate is full bodied, with ripe, silky tannins hugging all the way through to a resounding finish. Stamped with Craiglee DNA ... It’s built for the long haul, if you can wait." 96pts! - Jane Faulkner, Halliday's Wine Companion