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.

5. 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.


6. 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.


7. Craneford 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%


8. 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, Barossa, 2003
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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