In the unlikely region of Sunbury is Craiglee – one of Australia’s best Shiraz producers. James Stewart Johnston, a member of the Victorian Parliament, and a prominent local businessman, originally planted vines at Craiglee in 1863. Craiglee Vineyard is now operated by Patrick Carmody and his family. Patrick planted vines on the site of the original vineyard in 1976 and processed the first wine in 1979. The first commercial quantity was released in 1982 with the 1980 shiraz.
These wines have character, charm and really speak of where they are grown and they age magnificently. The Shiraz from this property is able to hold it’s peak for a long time due to the balance in the wines. This is another stunning example of mature Shiraz. While it is mature, it is by no means old and will hold on for at least another decade. Assuming you can resist.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.