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Craneford Quartet Red Blend 2000
This wine smells of black plums and sweet black cherries with notes of licorice - all in a slightly reductive fashion. The reaction you get when you smell this is that you're about to savor something that's big and very sweet. In the mouth it's vibrant and sweet and perhaps a little deceptive since it's hard to discern exactly which varietal is dominant. Nonetheless it's absolutely delicious and soft easy drinking.
The complex, dark ruby/purple-colored Quartet (an intriguing blend of 30% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Franc), offers a striking nose of blueberry pie, black currents, fruit cake and subtle oak. It is elegant, pure, medium-bodied yet exceptionally deep and intense. This distinctive wine can be drunk now or cellared for 7-8 years.
In mid 2006, Carol Riebke was appointed as winemaker with John Glaetzer overseeing. John is a winner of four Jimmy Watson Trophy's during his extensive career as chief red wine maker at Wolf Blass Wines. As a team, Carol and John ensure that premium quality wine making remains the focus at Craneford Wines.
Fruit parcels from our growers are independently processed during the winemaking process. This maintains the unique character of each vineyard. Final blends are made only after the wines have been individually tasted and analysed to ensure that they show classic Barossa Valley flavours as well as being complex and well balanced. Craneford’s aim is to continually produce the highest quality wine from the best Barossa Valley fruit available.
Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.
The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.
Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.