Established in 1858, the Oatley family’s Craigmoor is the oldest of Mudgee’s Vineyards.
Mudgee was first settled as an agricultural region in 1821 and the first vineyard was planted by Adam Roth in 1858, set amongst picturesque vines and gum trees on the banks of the Eurunderee Creek. Roth was one of a number of German ‘vine dressers’ brought to Australia by William Macarthur as skilled labour for his vineyard at Camden near Sydney, the first winery in the country.
Mudgee’s Craigmoor winery remains in its original state and still houses much of the early winemaking equipment.
Craigmoor “Botrytis” is a rare wine indeed. Produced from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes allowed to remain on the vine past the usual harvest time, they were naturally infected with the ‘noble rot’ botrytis cinerea and allowed to concentrate their sugars further on the vine.
The distinct flavours of sweet citrus and subtle tropical fruits complement the complexity of the wine. The wine has excellent balance and structure, and is the result of a well thought out process.
Halliday Rated 94 (2009 vintage)
''Very youthful colour for a wine of this style; a surprise packet, its sauvignon blanc semillon blend seldom achieving this level of flavour in Australia, packed with juicy mandarin and cumquat fruit flavours, the luscious sweetness perfectly balanced by acidity; it may have been enriched by freeze concentration, and - if so - there's no shame in that. It is so enjoyable now that it won't last long in the cellar, but has many years left.''- James Halliday
Tasting Note: A distinctively lighter style of Australian sweet white, highlighting bright sweet citrus flavours balanced by refreshing acidity.