While Shiraz rightfully takes the spotlight at Craiglee; their Chardonnay is consistently one of the benchmark examples of the Macedon Ranges region. Winemaker Pat Carmody modestly says: 'I don't think there's any secret to my Chardonnay. They're relatively simply made wines. I pick 'em a bit riper than is fashionable. I don't let them go through malo, I don't lees stir much and they spend about 10 months in oak, around 20 per cent new.
Famous for its elegance and purity of flavours, this 2019 Craiglee Chardonnay is a beautiful exercise in balance of the quality French oak and pristine, cool-climate fruit flavours.
"94 Points. Such a powerful and evocative scent, Parisian almond, sandalwood, ripe apple. Lovely stuff. No wallflower, it tastes full and generous, chardonnay amplified and athletic with ripe fruit, lashings of spice, a cool, clean and bright finish and more of the spice lingering. It coats the palate gently like some great chardonnays do. Despite the maxing out of scent and flavour there’s also restraint, crisp edges, tension and control. Oh man. Such a good wine. Tasted: AUG21 14% alc. $45 Screwcap Drink : 2021 - 2035+" - 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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