One of Australia's most constantly and criminally under-rated wineries. This chardonnay is one of Australia's best kept wine secrets, due in part to the famous Shiraz.
"The excellent shiraz produced at the picturesque old Craiglee estate on Melbourne’s north-western fringe is justifiably famous. By comparison, Craiglee’s chardonnay sits in the background, but it deserves more of the limelight for its impressive quality. It’s also one of Australia’s most age-worthy chardonnays, impressively taking on subtle complexities over the years while retaining lovely freshness, in part no doubt to its lack of acid-softening malolactic fermentation." Ralph Kyte-Powell. The Real Review
"Strong winds off the cool Southern Ocean may well help to keep vines and wines fresh. If Craiglee Shiraz is extra-fine, the Chardonnay is rather idiosyncratic (and so is the Shiraz in an Australian context, so discreet is it). Instead of aping the current Australian Chardonnay super-skinny norm, Craiglee's version is somewhat unreconstructed: exuberant fruit but remarkably high in natural acidity, partly thanks to suppressing the usual softening malolactic conversion. These too are definitely designed to age.' Jancis Robinson. JancisRobinson.com
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.