I thought this release from Craiglee was (too) thin and (too) acidic at first. I was wrong. Craiglee is never a blockbuster but this is light even by Craiglee shiraz standards. That said, it’s not to be written off.  What it really needs is time in the cellar. It’s peppery, acidic, inscribed with delicately fine, purposeful tannin, and carried along by flavours of cranberry, cherry, twiggy herbs and musk. It smells delicious and once it’s had time to breathe, it shows clearly what an elegant charming wine it will be in time. I’m won over.

92/100

Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au

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.

(CL6611)

Grape Variety Shiraz
Closure Screwcap
Bottle Size 375ml
Brand Craiglee Vineyards
SKU CL6611