Carlei Shiraz 2000 (Bellarine)
Top Gold in the Australian National Cool Climate Show (2003).
Carlei Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2000
Medium red-purple; warm spice and plum aromas combine with positive oak on the bouquet; the palate has excellent texture and mouthfeel, offering a complex mix of ripe fruit and more savoury characters. Rating: 90 out of 100
James Halliday Feb 05 2003
Carlei Riesling 2002
Light green-yellow; a clean, rich aromatic bouquet with tropical lime juice aromas is followed by a remarkably intense, powerful and rich palate, with very good length. A freakish wine which avoids the phenolic trap, produced from the 2002 yield of half a tonne to the acre. Rating: 95 out of 100
James Halliday Feb 05 2003
Carlei “The Forties Old Block” Tre Rossi 2000
Dark brown, with a typical olive rim; highly aromatic and intense, waves of raisiny fruit coming off on the bouquet with little or no swirling of the glass. A wonderfully rich and complex palate, with great raisiny typicity, lively acidity helping prolong and dry the finish. Rating: 96 out of 100
James Halliday Feb 28 2003
Carlei Chardonnay 1998
Sergio Carlei is a man of infectious enthusiasm who has set about the wine business with a passion. This is very complex; a powerfully built Burgundian style with a core of figgy fruit surrounded by beautifully integrated mealy, nutty, buttery lees and barrel influences. The palate is savoury with great depth, mellow texture and a long, dry finish.
Ageing? Should age gracefully over four years.
Rating: (The best, regardless of expense. A wine to swoon over, which would be a trophy or high gold medal winner at a wine show).
Epicure Wine, The Age, Tuesday 15 February 2000
Carlei Halcyon Estate Chardonnay 1998 Yarra Valley
This is the small batch label of winemaker Sergio Carlei (whose 1998 Green Vineyards Chardonnay I reviewed just a few weeks ago). The wine gets the full Burgundian treatment and the crops are a paltry half ton to the acre, none of which counts for much unless the wine delivers. But this one certainly does. Deep, pear skin fruit on the nose with subtle oak spiciness and complex lees steeliness: also a hint of match strike. Excellent weight in the mouth, with a sweet silky texture and intense pear skin, grilled nut and preserved lemon flavours. The mid-palate is packed with deep, sweet, savoury fruit and there's a delicious lick of creaminess and smoke to close. The finish lasts a long, long time. This is the best chardonnay I've tasted in a blind line-up this year and will be even better with another year in bottle. Only Giaconda 1998 comes close.
The Australian Financial Review Magazine, October 2000
Carlei Karagola Estate Pinot Noir 2000
from the Yarra Valley, is one of the best 2000's I have tasted to date. It's packed with plums and sous bois with toasty oak in the background and fine, lingering tannins that drive the fruit. This wine has complex flavours other than just fruit and the tannin structure pulls the sweet fruit into focus and finishes with a savoury note. Powerful yet refined.
Divine Food & Wine Magazine, Issue 31, November/January 2003