Balgownie Estate's Old Vine Shiraz vineyard was planted in 1969 by Stuart Anderson, the Estate's founder. Now the vines are 45 years old they are producing some excellent fruit that is necessary for our super premium Old Vine Shiraz.
But do old vines really produce better wine?
Vines tend to be a little like people, once they get to middle age they go through a number of physiological changes. Old vines tend to have reduced circulation which reduces the amount of nutrients that are available to the vine, resulting in a reduction in yield. With fewer berries on the vine, these grapes have an increased concentration of flavours which builds intensity and complexity into the finished wine.
Old well-established vines have deep and extensive root systems that help the vine to find moisture and nutrients through dry vintages. This contributes toward the stability of the vine itself and the reliability of quality fruit they they produce. As a result old vines have fruit with more balanced flavourd and ripeness levels and overall produce consistent high quality fruit from year to year.
Winemaker Tony Winspear with an Old Vine Shiraz vine from our Bendigo vineyard.
The wine is deep dark red with youthful purple hints. The aroma displays lifted red and black fruits combined with toasty French oak.The palate is extremely youthful and showcases a wonderful balance of richly concentrated fruit, oak and tannin. Whilst rich and satisfying now this wine will continue to build serious complexity in bottle over the next 20 years.