94 Points - Mike Bennie
Craiglee of Victoria's Sunbury is one of Australia's leading cool-climate red wine producers in Australia. While their Shiraz rightfully gains plenty of attention, Craiglee Cabernet Sauvignon is consistently nothing short of spectacular.
This 2017 Craiglee Cabernet Sauvignon is typically fragrant with lovely blackberry and red fruit aromas. The medium-bodied palate is balanced and approachable with nice ripe black fruits, savoury undertones and velvety tannins. A beautifully poised cool-climate Cabernet Sauvignon that will please the many Craiglee fans.
"94 Points. From the sole hectare-or-so of cabernet off the Sunbury estate of Craiglee. The oft-overlooked red there. It’s supple and gentle, soft and cool. A wine of perfume, blue fruits, violets and cassis, sweetish, ripeish but understated and flecked with fennel and sage leaf detail. It’s fresh, breezy, but has a chocolatey core, slick tannin, briny acidity and a pencil shavings and peppery spice finish. It feels elegant and svelte even with the sweeter fruit character. Understated charm in spades, a beautiful, quiet wine of finesse. Remarkable for the money. Tasted: August 21. 13.5% alc. Drink: 2021 - 2040 "- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.
Originally established in the 1860's 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 his wife Dianne (with the occasional input of sons Dave & Tom)
The flagship Craiglee Shiraz is listed in the Langton's Classification of Australian Wine VI with an Excellent rating - "Classic Australian wines of consistent Excellence".
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