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2009 Craiglee Vineyard Chardonnay, Victoria

2009 Craiglee Vineyard Chardonnay, Victoria

White | Ready, but will keep | Craiglee Vineyard | Code:  7031 | 2009 | Australia > Victoria > Upper Goulburn | Chardonnay | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol


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The Wine Advocate - Restrained and a bit closed, the 2009 Chardonnay offers floral, orange blossom and citrus zest notes with subtle lees and toast nuances plus a whiff of chalk dust. Tight-knit and still very youthful, the medium bodied palate gives intense lemon/lime and green apple flavors with a silken texture, crisp acid and a long zesty finish. Give it another year or two in bottle and drink it to 2022+.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 30/06/2011

The Producer

Craiglee Vineyard

Craiglee Vineyard

Craiglee Vineyard is located near Sunbury which is about 40km northwest of Melbourne on the edge of the urban sprawl. It is owned and operated by the Carmody family.

Pat Carmody farms sheep and cattle as well as grapes on his property  which was a successful 19th century vineyard site. He is about as far removed from the typical new world winemaker as you could imagine, and has a healthy contempt for a fair number of his competitors in the industry.

Pat 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. Pat continues to make wine from the fruit grown at Craiglee, and is assisted by his wife Dianne and sons David and Tom.

All Craiglee wines are made from estate grown fruit, hand picked from vines that are hand pruned and carefully tended here on our family farm.Craiglee has an enviable reputation as a producer of fine table wines made to reflect local conditions and show vintage variation. Varieties produced include Shiraz, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Grape



Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

The Region

Upper Goulburn

The Upper Goulburn wine region in Victoria stretches from Tallarook to Mansfield and Marysville to Merton. It is unified by its main river, the Goulburn River, and its topography, which is generally hilly rising to Mt Buller and the Great Dividing Range in the east. 

Upper Goulburn  is classed as a super-premium wine-producing area. Yields are low, and the soil is rich in gravel and minerals. The cool climate renders vibrant, fresh wines with elevation being the key determinant of style. 

White grapes thrive in the region: crisp, tangy, herbal Sauvignon Blanc, elegant, aromatic Riesling, Pinot Gris and spicy Gewurztraminer. Chardonnay is typically refined, and elegant in European style .

 Red wine styles vary from perfumed and elegant to full bodied. The Merlots have plenty of flesh and fruit, while Cabernets are polished and well-defined in flavour.

Along with the superb wines the area is noted for stunning scenery. The Upper Goulburn is overflowing with natural assets - beautiful mountains for skiing in winter and bushwalking in summer, waterfalls, an extensive river system, national parks and nature trails.

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