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Arundel Sunbury Viognier 2014

I quite like southern Rhône white styles. Viognier is a particular grape variety, typically full bodied and early drinking. This viognier from Arundel Farm Estate in the Sunbury region west of Melbourne has aromas of pear and ginger and presents correctly. The palate is full bodied, soft and ready to drink. A good value and…Continue readingArundel Sunbury Viognier 2014

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Arundel Sunbury Shiraz 2017

Arundel Farm Estate is not a winery I have previously come across. Located in Keilor in the west of Melbourne, it is within the Sunbury geographic indication which is larger than the town of Sunbury. Craiglee, the region’s most well known producer, is 22km away. In the glass, the 2017 shiraz is a pleasant wine…Continue readingArundel Sunbury Shiraz 2017

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Craiglee Shiraz 2013

I’ve had some very good Craiglee shiraz over the years.  The 2013 however appears to be a lesser vintage.  Its aroma reminds of red fruits and plums, but there is little of the typical pepper of this estate.  The palate is pleasant enough, although the finish is a little short and, at times, warming.  Ready…Continue readingCraiglee Shiraz 2013

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Craiglee Shiraz 2012

Craiglee’s shiraz is a wine that I wish I had more of in the cellar.  It is a Victorian cool climate classic and can age very well.  This is the 2012 vintage; the grapes are estate grown in outer suburban Sunbury and the back label refers to “natural processes” being in use.  Unfortunately, their website…Continue readingCraiglee Shiraz 2012

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Longview Creek Cabernet Franc 2010

Cabernet Franc: Free to a good Australian wine region.  Will please if treated well.   You don’t see a lot of varietal cabernet franc wines in Australia, and I can’t help thinking there’s an opportunity there for a cooler climate region.  There’s also practically no competition on Australian retail shelves from the Loire Valley red…Continue readingLongview Creek Cabernet Franc 2010

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Craiglee Shiraz 2009

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…Continue readingCraiglee Shiraz 2009

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Craiglee Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

If you wondered whether I deliberately or coincidentally fossick around various Victorian wine regions looking for undiscovered cabernet based wines, the answer is the former.  Absurdly enough, aside from finding good wines, it is also the thought of some amazing early twentieth century Victorian cabernet wines that I have only read about that makes this…Continue readingCraiglee Cabernet Sauvignon 2007