Gleeson Group Australia Tasting
Michael Meagher, Ray Dowdall, Lorna Rouse
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1. Craneford Semillon,
Barossa, Australia, 2002
Slightly smoky although no
oak. Good zing, quite fat, quite alcoholic, some residual sugar.
Quite fresh, citrus, grapefruit peel. A long finish. A food
wine. 13% alcohol. John Zilm, winemaker. This is sold mostly
to restaurants. Very nice.
Selected wine shops €14.95
2. Craneford Viognier,
Adelaide Hills, Australia
Flowery, bubblegum nose. Lots
of sweetness (4g/l residual sugar), some burn, full-bodied, loads of
esters but lots of good acidity, gooseberry. A quite leathery
finish. Another food wine, recommended with salmon and Parma ham.
3. Sandalford Premium Verdelho,
Margaret River, West Australia 2004
I didn't get a big nose;
citrus but not very strong. Very fresh, citrus, big burn, good acid
balance. Lovely long finish. Residual sugar 6.6 but not
noticeable. 14% alcohol. A very well-made wine.
4. Sandalford Premium Cabernet
Merlot, Margaret River, West Australia 2002
Stewy, jammy nose with
something medicinal. Quite stern, feels a bit thin, again that
medicinal, burnt something. Minerally, dry finish. Has Cab Franc as
well as Cab Sauvignon. This is very interesting; a year in old and
new oak giving some vanilla. Enough tannin. Very complex
14% alcohol but not too noticeable. Quite lovely.
Sandalford Premium Shiraz, Margaret River, West Australia 2002
Big nose, clean, no
chocolate, spicy. Big, clean, crisp in the mouth; slick leather
tannins, pepper, burn, berry fruit. Very fruity finish.
Beautiful, well-integrated wine. Half old, half new oak. 14.3% alcohol.
Craneford Quartet, Barossa Valley, 2001
Savoury, black fruit nose.
Soft, blackcurrants, blackberries, prunes, ripe plums. Finish of
cherry and some bitter chocolate. Cab Sauvignon 35%, Petit Verdot
30%, Cab Franc 25%, Shiraz 10%; 13.5% alcohol. Cellar 6-12 years.
Very interesting! Parker gives it 91.
Allyson Parsons Shiraz 2003
Very dark. Strange nose; hint
of medicine and farmyard. Very zingy and fruity. Feels
unfiltered. Medicine and Christmas cake. Crunchy tannins;
quite restrained on the oak. 14%
Craneford Grenache, Barossa Valley, 2002
Very smoky, tea, spicy.
Again, a hint of the medicinal. Very burny, very big, red berries,
sharp, dark chocolate. Becoming raisiny. 15% alc. 97 and 66
year old vines. Lovely if too alcoholic; lots to say for itself.
I didn't find the alcohol hidden as described. Very good.
Parker gives it 92.
9. Craneford Cabernet
Sauvignon, Barossa and Adelaide Hills, 2002
Dark, quite dumb, slightly
green. Heavy tannins, huge fruit, hint of green-ness, cedar.
Very well integrated, drinkable now, no burn but 14%! Will last
another 7-12 years. Very interesting but not sure if I'd pay the
price. Parker scores it 91+.
10. Craneford Merlot,
Dark ruby. Somewhat
Amarone nose of plums and tar. Sandy tannins, gritty. Loads of
dark fruitcake. Amarone with a a hint of cool mint. 14%.
Not yet integrated but a great wine. Could keep 10-12 years.
Not ready yet. Ripe, concentrated, better than the Cab Sauvignon.
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