On the palate, flavours of plums, soft spices and eucalpytus are apparent, and some green peppercorn notes are supported by firm acidity. The 2002 perhaps lacks, at least on this tasting, some of the attractive aromatic pepper characters that I usually associate with Craiglee’s shiraz, but nonetheless it is a good wine. 87 points (very good)
Craiglee’s shiraz from Sunbury is a benchmark cool-climate Australian shiraz. The 2002 vintage, tasted here at 10 years of age, proved to be no exception. It is bright with a medium-pronounced intensity expression of a ruby colour. The aroma opens to a medium intensity expression of plums and spices, in a riper style of shiraz.