Craiglee Shiraz 2017 Wine Review

Craiglee is an Australian cool climate shiraz institution. From Sunbury in the suburbs of Melbourne, the 2017 vintage tasted here is true to its northern Rh√īne styling. Elsewhere, even in Australia, it would be labelled as syrah (writing in 2021). It has aromas pepper, game and bacon and a well integrated cedar character. The palateContinue reading “Craiglee Shiraz 2017 Wine Review”

Arundel Sunbury Viognier 2014

I quite like southern Rh√īne 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 andContinue reading “Arundel Sunbury Viognier 2014”

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 wineContinue reading “Arundel Sunbury Shiraz 2017”

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. ¬†ReadyContinue reading “Craiglee Shiraz 2013”

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 websiteContinue reading “Craiglee Shiraz 2012”

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 redContinue reading “Longview Creek Cabernet Franc 2010”