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Balgownie Estate

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Simon Wiener
 
12 August 2019 | Simon Wiener

2020 James Halliday Wine Companion

Balgownie Estate is thrilled to once again to be awarded a five-stars rating in the prestigious and newly released 2020 James Halliday Wine Companion. Balgownie Estate was rated as a ‘five star’ winery, that is an "outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality."  Achieving five stars places Balgownie in the top 10% of all the wineries rated. We are especially delighted that five of our wines achieved scores of 95 or more.

Some of these wines are yet to released. Why not join the Platinum Wine Club and be the first to know about our new release wines, while saving 25% on you wine purchases.

 

Time Posted: 12/08/2019 at 12:08 PM
Simon Wiener
 
8 August 2019 | Simon Wiener

Shiraz or Syrah?

Shiraz is one of the most widely planted grape varieties and one of the most popular wines in Australia.  It’s success in Australia is due in no small part to its ability to thrive successfully in a wide range of climates as well as its capability to produce a wide range of wine styles from lighter rosé through to sparkling and fortified wine.

Shiraz is widely planted throughout France where is known by its traditional name of Syrah. Although it rarely appears on wine labels, it forms that backbone of a number of great wines from the Northern Rhone such as Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. The French styles tend to be leaner and more complex with cherry, spice, pepper and earthy characters that are capable of aging.

Australian Shiraz with its riper, sweeter fruit has arguably overshadowed the wines produced in France and have certainly developed an enviable reputation. In Australia, the climate and terrior (the set of environmental factors that affect grape development), produces Shiraz wines that tend to be full bodied and contain rich, ripe fruit flavours such plum, blackberry chocolate and spice. Australian Shiraz are usually easy drinking although they can have a higher alcohol content.

There has been a growing trend in recent years for producers to use the term Syrah for wines that have been made in a lighter and leaner styles that reflect the wines traditionally produced in France, to differentiate the wines from the richer Australian styles. Balgownie Estate has introduced a Nouveau Syrah, a light and delicious style of Shiraz that is packed with delicate fruit flavours of raspberry, cherry, strawberry with a hint of spice. On the palate the wine is elegant and refreshing with soft tannins and balanced acid.

Avaliable to purchase online or visit our Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or Bendigo for a taste.

Time Posted: 08/08/2019 at 10:04 AM
Simon Wiener
 
3 July 2019 | Simon Wiener

Campbell Mattinson's Review of the 2017 Estate Pinot Noir

Read what Campbell Mattinson of the Wine Front wrote about the fabulous 2017 Estate Pinot Noir

"Tangy and tasty. It’s driven by savouriness but there’s fruit too. Tangy red cherries, rhubarb, spice, autumn leaves and undergrowth. There’s a firmness, a tension. It feels as though it’s just starting to find its way. It’s a good wine to drink, and it may even improve further from here. 91/100"

Time Posted: 03/07/2019 at 11:19 AM
Simon Wiener
 
28 June 2019 | Simon Wiener

2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon review from Huon Hooke Real Review

Check our the review of the 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Huon Hooke Real Review.

"Garnet colour with a tease of tawny. This needs a good swirl once liberated - blueberries and cranberries, savoury oak. It’s fresh and poised on the palate, with a tease of sweetness (raspberry) tempered by crunchy, red cherry acidity and a soft oak frame. Limitless potential." 96/100

 

 

Avaliable to purchase online or visit our Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or Bendigo for a taste.

Time Posted: 28/06/2019 at 12:24 PM
Simon Wiener
 
1 June 2019 | Simon Wiener

Review of the 2017 Cabernet Franc Syrah

Read Campbell Mattinson's review of the 2017 Black Label Cabernet Franc Syrah

"The Balgownie range has had something of a freshen up. This is another newie.It’s good too. It sits on the light side of medium weight but it’s beautiful balanced, fresh and clean as well, and yet it has character. Pencils, spices, anise, jellied cherries and dried leaves. It’s not big or commanding but it has something about it. Excellent drinking on offer here. Buy." 92/100

 

Limited amount avaliable, purchase online or visit our Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or Bendigo for a taste.

Time Posted: 01/06/2019 at 10:00 AM
Simon Wiener
 
2 May 2019 | Simon Wiener

Review of the 2018 Nouveau Syrah

Read the review of our brand new release Nouveau Syrah from Qwines.

"The type of wine to keep punters happy at a wine bar or a lazy night in. A great little drink.

Medium bodied, fresh with plenty of energy, red fruits scream for attention. Think strawberries, red cherries and red currants. White pepper, some char and crunchy red apple acidity add further pleasure. A little texture for good measure coupled with a whole lot of slurp factor, another glass please.

Drink now to three years. 90/100."

Avaliable to purchase online or visit our Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or Bendigo for a taste.
 

Time Posted: 02/05/2019 at 9:42 AM
Simon Wiener
 
10 April 2019 | Simon Wiener

Try our Nouveau Syrah

The Nouveau Syrah is a light and delicious style of Shiraz that is packed with delicate fruit flavours of raspberry, cherry, strawberry with a hint of spice. On the palate the wine is elegant and refreshing with soft tannins and balanced acid. A food-friendly wine that does not require cellaring and is designed to be early-drinking. Limited amount available.

Available to purchase online or at the Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or in Bendigo

Time Posted: 10/04/2019 at 10:00 AM
Simon Wiener
 
19 January 2019 | Simon Wiener

Try our Inaugural Release Cabernet Franc & Syrah

Cabernet Franc is a very ancient grape, usually thought of as a French variety, however recent studies have concluded that it likely originated in Spain. Although it is probably best recognized as a one of the varieties that constitute a traditional ‘Bordeaux blend’ along with the better known components Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, Cabernet Franc has a major role in the Loire Valley appellations of Bourgueil, Chinon and Saumur. It is also a major variety of the rosé Cabernet d'Anjou.

Cabernet Franc buds and matures earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon and is often viewed as an insurance policy against the results of poor weather. It is popular in cooler areas and the resultant wines for Cabernet Franc tend to be lighter in colour and in tannin with aromas of currants, cherries, plums and spice with an herbaceous touch.

Despite Cabernet Franc being one of the varieties brought to Australia by James Busby in 1833 it was never widely planted in Australia, with most of the fruit being used in a traditional Bordeaux Blend. It is only in more recent times that winemakers have begun to experiment and produce a straight varietal of Cabernet Franc.

The Cabernet Franc grown in Bendigo has always been a little reluctant to shine and produce it’s best. However the outstanding vintage conditions in 2017 resulted in exceptional grapes that allowed the production of a varietal Cabernet Franc (with a touch of Shiraz) for the first time. This is a lovely smooth wine with flavours of blueberries, mulberry, juniper and allspice are wrapped around a savoury core with well-balanced and fine tannins

Cellar Door Price $29 per bottle

Platinum Wine Club $21.75 per bottle

Time Posted: 19/01/2019 at 3:29 PM
Simon Wiener
 
12 January 2019 | Simon Wiener

Read Andrew Graham's Review of the 2016 Estate Chardonnay from Yarra Valley

Here is what Andrew Graham wrote about the 2016 Balgownie Estate Chardonnay Yarra Valley in the Oz Wine Review.

"Who doesn’t like chunky, old school Chardonnay? This is open, and generous, flush with white peach, vanilla bean oak all over the nose, the palate tauter through the finish than the juicy peach fruit suggests. Old school width, meets new school acidity. It falls just a little into tinned cream peaches, but plenty of flavour." Best drinking: Now and for the nest 2-3yrs. 90/100.

Time Posted: 12/01/2019 at 9:00 AM
Simon Wiener
 
7 September 2018 | Simon Wiener

2016 Estate Chardonnay is a Best Buy

We are thrilled that Australian Gourmet Traveller has included our 2016 Estate Chardonnay Yarra Valley as part of their Best Buys. Read their review:

“With its complex, roasted bread and toasted hazelnut bouquet, this is a beguiling wine. Delicious and refined with the full gamut of chardonnay complexities. Generosity delivered with finesse.” 94 points.

Time Posted: 07/09/2018 at 2:22 PM