expert reviews about
2013 Craiglee Sunbury Shiraz
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Composed. Keeping it all close to its chest for now. Dark cherries, roasted meats, black pepper and smoky oak; beautifully integrated and teamed. Lift of redder berries, inching into florals. Tannin has the whip held aloft, ready to crack. Everything in perfect order.
Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
The bouquet is shy and subdued, but there's a trace of pepper, a touch of chocolate, but it's rather quiet. The palate is more expressive: it's a solid, firm wine with more body than the 2014. A relatively gutsy wine with a lot of tannin making for a chewy, high-extract palate. It lacks the lift of the 2014, but is good - and cellarworthy.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Clear red-purple; and archetypal fragrant Craiglee bouquet, with a panoply of spicy, peppery red and black cherry fruits precisely reflected in the light-to medium-bodied palate; it has perfect balance and length, and will surprise those who don't know the prior histroy of this proud label.Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A remarkably youthful purple-crimson hue; fragrant, clearly avoided any smoke issues, and the period of extreme heat preceded the final stages of ripening; has plum and black cherry fruit, with spice present but not obvious.Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson hue; a super-fragrant bouquet of spiced cherries, and a vibrantly juicy and lively palate, totally true to the cool climate. The best thing is the drink now or in 20+ years.Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Relatively light but bright crimson colour; very zesty and lively, ablaze with red berry fruits and delicate spices; the tannin and oak management is exemplary in a wine of great purity.Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright red with hints of purple; totally delicious wine at the heart of Craiglee style, light- to medium-bodied, but with great length, freshness and finesse; red fruits, spice and pepper intermingle; no way you would guess the alcohol, because the wine is so fresh and vibrant.Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010