2009 was a pretty ordinary year for the regions around Melbourne being the last year of a long drought. Heatwaves, water stress and bushfires and just a general lack of humidity presented significant viticultural challenges. Craiglee however seem to have fashioned a good wine anyway. I tasted this wine at a trade tasting, and it stood out as an unambiguous beacon of quality.
The 2009 shiraz is a medium intensity ruby in colour, with typical “Craiglee aromatics” of pepper and plums, with a medium intensity of expression. The savoury palate emphasised its depth with nuances of peppers, plums, spices, while maintaining balanced length and tannins. This is a good and balanced Craiglee that will reward drinking now or over the next few years. Very Good
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Tasted: August 2012