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Balgownie Estate Shiraz Bendigo 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Earthy and a bit sour on the nose with salty plum notes, low nutty oak, some beefy elements and fine black fruit accented with a nuance of juniper. This is a bit dense and almost chewy, though there’s nice acidity here. The tannins are ripe and fairly full, adding to the volume in the mouth. Not a fruit bomb by any stretch of the imagination, this shows ripe plum and black berry fruit paired with modest levels of toasty, nutty oak. Rich and a bit forceful in the mouth, this remains poised and just a little tight right through the moderately long, lightly mineral-laced dried berry finish. Lovely focus. I can see this improving a bit in the bottle. 91 pts

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Balgownie Estate Vineyard & Winery:
Established by the now legendary winemaker Stuart Anderson in 1969, Balgownie Estate was the first vineyard planted in the Bendigo district in more than 80 years. The emergence of Balgownie Estate as a serious red wine producer in the 1970's led to the rapid expansion of the central goldfields wine growing region and was a significant player in the rebirth of the Victorian wine industry. The 33... Read more
Established by the now legendary winemaker Stuart Anderson in 1969, Balgownie Estate was the first vineyard planted in the Bendigo district in more than 80 years. The emergence of Balgownie Estate as a serious red wine producer in the 1970's led to the rapid expansion of the central goldfields wine growing region and was a significant player in the rebirth of the Victorian wine industry. The 33 hectare vineyard is situated on a gentle slope overlooking Myer's Creek at Maiden Gully. This superb site of alluvial soil has major plantings of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz with smaller amounts of pinot noir, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and viognier. The conditions for premium wine grape growing are ideal with long hot summer days ameliorated by very cool overnight temperatures. This allows optimum ripeness while retaining that vital core of acidity. Today our winemaker Tobias Ansted continues the Balgownie Estate tradition of producing long lived wines of depth and concentration coupled with elegance and finesse. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Balgownie Estate Shiraz Bendigo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,032
4.50 5
02/13/2012

Earthy and a bit sour on the nose with salty plum notes, low nutty oak, some beefy elements and fine black fruit accented with a nuance of juniper. This is a bit dense and almost chewy, though there’s nice acidity here. The tannins are ripe and fairly full, adding to the volume in the mouth. Not a fruit bomb by any stretch of the imagination, this shows ripe plum and black berry fruit paired with modest levels of toasty, nutty oak. Rich and a bit forceful in the mouth, this remains poised and just a little tight right through the moderately long, lightly mineral-laced dried berry finish. Lovely focus. I can see this improving a bit in the bottle. 91 pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,533
3.50 5
01/29/2012

Currants and blackberries in the nose, very dark fruit driven. A little bit of black pepper. Acidic structure in the body with peppery overtones on the finish.


Snooth User: Kate Statton
8538361,080
2.50 5
01/24/2012

Smokey, oakey and sweet. Very short finish with little tannin.


Snooth User: cloax
57923867
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/07/2011

Two and a half glasses



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