Craiglee Cabernet 1996 (1 x 750mL), Sunbury, VIC.
Pat Carmody’s parents found a happy medium between living in Melbourne city and the countryside in Sunbury, on the sort-of outskirts of both urban and rural living, and farming kind of became a by-product of this decision. Pat’s father had a pipe dream of subdivisions and a triumphant move to the big smoke from potential windfall, though ironically the property never enjoyed such a benefit and fortunately grapes went in instead of AV Jennings homes. On advice, shiraz and chardonnay were primarily planted in the mid to late 70s, pinot noir and cabernet went in too, though pinot noir was pulled pretty early on.
‘The way I approach the varieties I work with is that I can taste fruit in the vineyard and feel really comfortable with how, say, shiraz tastes in the vineyard, a joy for me, pinot noir as an example, didn’t make sense, so I stopped working with it’. Carmody also says of working with shiraz grapes, ‘I spent some time in the northern Rhone and everything made sense, but when I went south, to southern Rhone, it didn’t make sense to me, flavours and aromas didn’t grab me’, this is how he makes personal connection to the grape shiraz. It’s about making sense.` Rated 94 by Mike Bennie, the Wine Front. (Feb/2014)