One of Australia's most constantly and criminally under-rated wineries. Doesn't help that Craiglee is located in the 'never-on-trend' region that is Sunbury but don't this distract - Pat Carmody produces cool climate classics of the highest order.
About the Wine
Craiglee Chardonnay is renowned for elegance and its purity of flavour. This vintage features aromas of stone fruits and passionfruit, with creamy oak overtones. This wine is pure, lean, mineral and uncluttered by oak.
“Owner/winemaker Pat Carmody keeps matters close to his chest (except when it's to do with the Melbourne Football Club), and so there are few details about how he approaches this wine. He's not into fancy, and neither is this tell-it-like-it-is chardonnay, resplendent in ripe fruit, of citrus, stone fruit peel, and quince paste. In good Craiglee form.” 94pts – Jeni Port – Wine Companion
“Craiglee chardonnay should never be the sideshow to the monumental shiraz wines, but often slips off the radar, for me too. This was a fine reawakening. I last caught Pat Carmody at a trade tasting, middle of last year or so, and it’s always enlightening and worthy. These are of course epic wines in the Australian wine-growing landscape. This wine feels measured in winemaking input and full of the flourish of ripe, chardonnay grapes. Complex, layered and inherently delicious chardonnay. There’s generosity, big flavour and freshness here. Meanwhile, nougat, honey on green apple, jasmine floral notes and peachy fruitiness are the calling cards. It rolls over the palate with authority, cuddly texture and a fresh hit of fruity brightness to close. It feels savoury, with creamy characters fully woven through the fruit character. It’s a fantastic wine and one of the best releases I’ve tried.” 94pts – Mike Bennie - WineFront
About the Winery
One of Australia's most constantly and criminally under-rated wineries. Doesn't help that Craiglee is located in the 'never-on-trend' region that is Sunbury but don't this distract - Pat Carmody produces cool climate classics of the highest order. The vineyard was originally established in the 1860s and Pat replanted back in 1976. The Shiraz is, I think, Australia's best 'pepper and spice' example of this cool climate style, whilst the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are proven long-lived styles albeit in a refined and elegant mold.