Balgownie Estate Shiraz typically shows a deep red colour and has vibrnt berry fruit aromas and subtle use of oak. The wine is made in a concentrated, yet elegant, medium bodied style with a velvety texture and fine lingering tannins. While approachable in its youth the Balgownie Estate Shiraz can be cellared over the medium to long term. Rich blackberry fruits, licorice and splashes of red fruits and allied spices; fine tannins, long finish
The fruit used to make this wine comes from our Estate vineyard at Bendigo where the first Shiraz vines were planted in 1969.
Traditional open fermenters as well as closed stainless steel fermentation tanks were used to ensure a full extraction of colour and tannins. The wine was then pressed to a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak where it was aged for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
2010 Small Vigneron Awards -BRONZE MEDAL WINNER
2011 Sydney International Wine Challenge - BLUE GOLD AWARD tasted with food (Exceptional)
James Hallidays Wine Companion ....95 Points
Classic Bendigo, classic Balgownie Estate; perfectly modulated blackberry, licorice and spice varietal fruit, French oak balanced and integrated; medium- bodied, with very good texture and structure.
Robert Parker Review
Deep garnet colored with a purple tinge to the rim, the 2008 Shiraz offers notes of ripe blackberries and mulberries with supporting notes of black pepper, star anise, tar and a whiff of eucalypt. Full bodied with ample fruit and black pepper laced flesh, it has a firm grip of tight-knit, grainy tannins and medium-high acid. It finishes long and savory. Approachable now, it should soften with another year in bottle and drink though 2020. Founded as a boutique winery in 1969 by Stuart Anderson, after a series of various owners Balgownie was purchased by the Forrester brothers who have invested a lot of money to get the now 40 year old vineyards back into shape. Review by eRobertParker.com #195 (Jun 2011)