Craiglee Shiraz 2015 Offer

Pat and Dianne Carmody are what you might call salts of the earth, and make literally exceptional wines that have an unusual capacity to age JANCIS ROBINSON MW

A winery with a proud 19th-century record, Craiglee recommenced winemaking in 1976 after a prolonged hiatus. Produces one of the finest cool climate Shirazs in Australia, redolent of cherry, licorice and spice. JAMES HALLIDAY

Craiglee proprietors Pat & Dianne Carmody have been producing one of Australia's most compelling and over-achieving cool climate shiraz's in Sunbury since 1976.  It is a wine with a singular personality, liveliness, broad appeal, and the ability to age gracefully for decades.As wine journalist Max Allen has written ‘finding a Cornas or Hermitage with the same finesse and complexity as a good Craiglee Shiraz would be a frighteningly expensive exercise’.

This is not to say you must wait. The drinking pleasure is almost always immediate, particularly over the recent spate of light on their feet vintages. 2012, 2013 & 2014 have all been great, but we have also been waiting patiently for the 2015 release ever since Jancis Robinson wrote a wonderful pre-release article and review early last year. If you have a moment it is certainly worth reading.

Thier Chardonnay is also consistently lauded, age-worthy and remarkably well priced. Stylistically holding court with ripe and generous flavours of melon, peach and apple, but balanced by judicious use of oak and given length on the palate (and in the bottle) with a high natural acidity.  Pat doesn't let his chardonnay go through malo.

Long-term wine aficionados will no doubt know the wines of Pat & Dianne Carmody. But I would encourage any budding wine enthusiast to invest in some. These wines stand the test of time, they are just as relevant now as they ever have been and considering their proclivity to live a long life they are a good choice for any cellar.