Craiglee – 6/07/2013

There happened to be a Craiglee lunch held at my new place of employment (Bellota Wine Bar, part of Prince Wine Store in South Melbourne) on Saturday and after service finished I had a look at some of the wines that were left over. Here are some of my thoughts.

I sold the Craiglee Shiraz back when I was the wine buyer at King & Godfree; Pat Carmody has been making wine in Sunbury for quite a while and his reputation is richly deserved.

Shiraz 2010
Chocolatey spicy pomegranate blackcurrant. Quite supple and very long, sour plum raisin, generous but focused.

Shiraz 2004
Blackcurrant liquorice. Denser structure, deeper tannins, more young in appearance than the 2010.

Shiraz 1997
Much more savoury meaty earthy hints of spice. Brighter and fresher but fruit subsided and more dark spice notes developing.

Shiraz 1995
Deeper and more mellow. Tight and lean, minerality showing a bit more, purity of tannin.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Dense full structure but still soft earthy tannins and fruit.

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