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Balgownie Estate

Simon Wiener
 
30 April 2016 | Cellar Door, Wine Details | Simon Wiener

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most celebrated grape variety renowned for its ability to produce rich, full-bodied wines capable of aging. Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the Gironde region in south-west France. Recent DNA analysis has shown that Cabernet Sauvignon is a natural cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc and despite the large plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon throughout the world it is thought that this cross occurred as recently as the early 1800s.

Cabernet Sauvignon is widely planted throughout the world except in cooler regions. It produces wines with structure that are deep in colour, as well as high in tannin and acid. Significantly Cabernet Sauvignon retains it recognizable characteristic colour and smell regardless of where it is planted, while still reflecting the vintage conditions of where and when it was grown.

Although Cabernet Sauvignon is often seen as second to Shiraz in Australia, it was one of the first varieties planted by Stuart Anderson in Bendigo in 1969. Stuart identified the site at Myers Creek outside of Bendigo having the ideal climate and soil type for the production of high quality wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon.

The initial plantings at Bendigo occurred in and 1969 and the first vintage of Cabernet was produced in 1972. It was this wine (along with the Shiraz) that built the reputation of Balgownie Estate as a boutique producer of superb red wines that combine power and elegance and have the rare ability to age whilst being approachable when young. The Cabernet Sauvignon has intensity and complexity yet is an honest wine that reflects the well-chosen site at Bendigo and the year in which it was produced.

The current 2013 vintage of the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is faithful to the original style of Stuart Anderson with an intensity of flavour and the intelligent use of oak to support the palate and not dominate it. The palate is beautifully ripe with layers of flavour that extend along its length. A sensational wine of great beauty with concentration that will age for up to 15 years.

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