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2016 Craiglee Shiraz

Sunbury, VIC

An iconic Shiraz from the Sunbury region in Victoria. The 2016 release from the Carmodys is primed for a long life in the cellar.

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Epic shiraz showcasing the Australiana of the variety at its peak.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

In the 1860s, the Craiglee farm was under vine.

The site produced some highly acclaimed wines but like so many vineyards of old, when grapes ceased to be profitable, other forms of farming took their place.

Patrick and Dianne Carmody replanted their small farm in Sunbury in 1979. Their first commercial release was the 1980 vintage Shiraz. And, as they say, the rest was history.

Today the Craiglee Shiraz is one of the most collectable in Victoria. An old-world charm and finesse pulses through the wine's veins.

This wine is the cornerstone of many great cellars. And rightfully so, year after year this site delivers effortless Shiraz of class and purity with great longevity in the cellar.

Pat and Dianne Carmody
Pat and Dianne Carmody
Sunbury, VIC
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From The Producer

In 1976, as a newly graduated Agricultural student, Pat Carmody was faced with the challenge of reinvigorating the Carmody family farm on the outskirts of Sunbury - a small town 40 minutes from Melbourne and just up the road from Tullamarine Airport.

Pat decided to plant vines on part of the site. It wasn't an altogether blind move - Craiglee had originally been a winery in the 1860s, however it was nevertheless a bold and pioneering decision for the time.

Flash forward forty years from the first vintage in 1978 and Craiglee has firmly cemented itself as one of the finest producers of Shiraz and Chardonnay in Australia.

And it's still completely owned and run by Pat and his wife Dianne.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Epic shiraz showcasing the Australiana of the variety at its peak. Dark fruits, lavish spice, herbal-brambly notes, faintest whiffs of Aussie bush in eucalyptus and pepperberry and sweet earth, maybe some game meat (kangaroo?!) in the mix. A good, chunky weave of tannin through dark, brooding sluice of liquid berry and more spice, more herbal notes, more pepper, drawls out through a grippy, crushed rock and puckering finish. Gnarled and legit, wild in a way but has poise. Fantastic, again." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Owner/winemaker Pat Carmody in fine touch here with the grape that made his and Craiglee's reputation. Signature black pepper with wild thyme, sage, acacia and ripe, sweet black berries. Launches into a savoury world of game and earth and background notes of hoisin and undergrowth. Quite the dark and brooding kind of cool climate shiraz. A stunner." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack!

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Australia Wide Deliveries outside of Sydney and Melbourne metro are all delivered with Australia Post's eParcel wine delivery service. They pick up from us at 12pm Monday through Friday. When your order has been dispatched you'll receive tracking information to your email. Unfortunately with the complications of Covid and expected Christmas surge Australia Post are being extremely vague about delivery times. You will need to have your order placed before midnight 10th of December if you want to ensure it’s there for Christmas.

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FaQs

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I am trying to add more of a wine to my cart but it won’t let me? This means we are running low on stock of that wine. So for example, if the website will only allow you to add 3 bottles and no more, then that is all we have of that particular wine. The good news is we may be able to order more for you. Just contact us on 1300 668 385 or hello@differentdrop.com and we'll organise the additional quantity for you.

Does Different Drop have a physical store? No. More of a warehouse/office. We do however offer a Click & Collect option from our warehouse in Ultimo, Sydney. Our warehouse address for Click & Collect is: 3 Fig St, Ultimo, 2007/ Please make sure you have placed your order before arriving at the warehouse

Can I special order a wine you do not sell? If it’s doable, then we’ll make it happen. Just contact us directly via phone, chat or email and we’ll find out for you right away. Please note that in most cases special orders such as these will need to be in full case lots (6 or 12 bottles).

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