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Simon Wiener
 
29 June 2019 | Simon Wiener

Rainbow over Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley

 

Time Posted: 29/06/2019 at 10:15 AM
Simon Wiener
 
7 April 2019 | Simon Wiener

2019 ANZAC Day Opening Hours

Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley and Bendigo

ANZAC Day 2019 Opening Hours

On ANZAC Day Cellar Door will be open from 12 midday to 5pm

 

Time Posted: 07/04/2019 at 1:51 PM
Simon Wiener
 
3 April 2019 | Simon Wiener

2019 Cellar Door Easter Opening Hours at Balgownie Estate

Join us at Balgownie Estate for Easter

Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley Cellar Door is open every day over the Easter Weekend

Good Friday 30th March - 12 midday to 6pm

Saturday 31st March - 9am to 6pm

Easter Sunday 1st April - 10am to 5pm

Easter Monday 2nd April - 9am to 5pm

 

Balgownie Estate Bendigo Cellar Door is open every day over the Easter Weekend

Good Friday 30th March - 11am to 5pm

Saturday 31st March - 11am to 5pm

Easter Sunday 1st April - 11am to 5pm

Easter Monday 2nd April - 11am to 5pm

Time Posted: 03/04/2019 at 1:00 PM
Simon Wiener
 
2 November 2018 | Simon Wiener

Balgownie Estate Bendigo features on 'A Moveable Feast'

Ross and Kate from Channel Seven's 'A Moveable Feast' visited us in Bendigo and dined on the fabulous French food of Executive Chef Travis Rodwell, matched with the Balgownie's superb Estate wines.

Watch the full episode here. Balgownie features at 16:25.

Time Posted: 02/11/2018 at 4:12 PM
Simon Wiener
 
14 July 2018 | Simon Wiener

Balloons Over Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley

Beautiful morning for a balloon ride over Balgownie Estate Resort in the Yarra Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful morning for a balloon ride over Balgownie Estate Resort in the Yarra Valley

Time Posted: 14/07/2018 at 9:27 AM
Simon Wiener
 
21 April 2018 | Simon Wiener

ANZAC Day 2018 Opening Hours

Balgownie Estate Yarra Valley

ANZAC Day 2018 Opening Hours

On ANZAC Day Cellar Door will be open from 12 midday to 5pm

 

Time Posted: 21/04/2018 at 10:44 AM
Simon Wiener
 
9 January 2018 | Simon Wiener

2014 Estate Cabernet is Now Avalaible at Cellar Door

Visit the Yarra Valley Cellar Door over the holidays and try our fabulous new relesase 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Read the oustanding reviews:

“Born from vines that average almost 50 years of age, this is a big bold cabernet of deep concentration, lavish, palate-sticking tannins and ferrous, savoury character. It’s heady in perfume of blackcurrants, plums, gum leaf and blonde tobacco. The palate is an assertive thrust of choc-berry flavours, sweet earthiness and rib-sticking, tacky-textured tannins. It’s a wine of immense presence now, and should be tamed gradually with cellaring, to reveal more nuance and detail.” Mike Bennie, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine June/July 2017

"It’s a big black beast of a red, hints of bitumen accentuating the ripeness. Again, however, it’s pulled back from the edge of overripeness by the depth of fruit and grippy tannins. It’s just a fraction too warm this vintage, a little bit soupy on the edges. Impressive concentration can’t be sneezed at however – it goes on and on, and deserves plaudits on depth of flavour alone. Best drinking: 2019-2033. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14%, $45. Would I buy it? A glass." Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review.

James Halliday’s 2018 Wine Companion - Rating 91

 

Awards:

  • 2016 Ballarat Wine Show Trophy for Best Other Red Wine
  • 2016 Daylesford Wine Show Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

 

Time Posted: 09/01/2018 at 2:19 PM
Simon Wiener
 
23 December 2017 | Simon Wiener

2017 Christmas Opening Hours

Balgownie Estate wishes you a very merry Chrsitmas and a safe and happy holiday season.

Yarra Valley Cellar Door                           Bendigo Cellar Door

Christmas Day: Closed                                                   Christmas Day: Closed

                            Open every other day over the holiday period       

                             

 

Time Posted: 23/12/2017 at 11:27 AM
Simon Wiener
 
22 December 2017 | Simon Wiener

2014 Estate Shiraz is Now Avaliable in Cellar Door

Visit the Yarra Valley Cellar Door over the holidays and try our fabulous new relesase 2014 Estate Shiraz.

Read the oustanding reviews:

“As ever a big wine, but not ugly. Dark fruit, dark chocolate oak, dark, warming flavours. There’s an effortless blackness here – a deep, all consuming black, licoricey, almost tarry width. It’s fractionally boozy, but not dessicated, just driven by black, almost molasses intensity. Packs a massive wallop of flavour, with a length that is something else. Impressive, but can you forgive the alcohol warmth in a quest for length like that? I can. Will live forever too. Best drinking: 2020-2034. 18/20, 93/100. Would I buy it? A glass or two now, more later.”                     Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review.

James Halliday’s 2018 Wine Companion - Rating 93

Awards:

2016 Ballarat Wine Show Trophy for Best Wine of Show
2016 Ballarat Wine Show Trophy for Best Shiraz
2016 Ballarat Wine Show Trophy for Best Regional Shiraz
2016 Small Winemakers Show Top Gold in Two Year Old Shiraz

 

 

Time Posted: 22/12/2017 at 4:02 PM
Simon Wiener
 
26 October 2017 | Simon Wiener

Balgownie Estate Merlot is Released

Merlot is one of the most planted premium grape varieties in the world, best known for being a component in Bordeaux blends. The Merlot grape is thought to be the result of a natural cross between Cabernet Franc and another unidentified grape, making it a sibling (or step-sibling) to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Regularly vinified together, Merlot has several advantages over Cabernet Sauvignon as it ripens earlier and more quickly, as well as providing slightly higher yields. The finished wine that Merlot produces is softer and rounder with gentle tannins that provides a contrast to the heavier more structured Cabernet Sauvignon.  These characteristics have seen the grape being widely planted in both Old and New World countries.

Merlot is in fact the third most planted red variety in Australia behind Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, with 10 537 hectares under vine. Despite this popularity Merlot is yet to really find a definitive regional home in Australia, with most of the fruit being used to soften Cabernet Sauvignon. When used in a varietal wine the results have tended to produce soft and fruity wines designed to be drunk young.

The first Merlot vineyard was planted in the mid 70’s at Balgownie Estate on clay soils with alluvial gravel at Bendigo. As the vines matured the potential for Merlot grown in Bendigo became apparent and led to further plantings in 1997. The objective at Balgownie has always been not to make a Merlot in the typical soft, fruity, easy drinking style, but to make a bigger, richer, age worthy style that would demonstrate the capabilty of the variety and the potential of the vineyard site. 

To produce our Estate Merlot it is crucial that all the elements come together in the vineyard. This is such a unique wine that it can only be produced in an outstanding vintage where the levels of sunlight, warmth and rainfall all conspire to produce flawless grapes. The yields in the vineyards are kept very low, around one tonne to the acre, to build flavour, complexity and intensity in the fruit. To retain these qualities, the fruit is hand picked before being transported immediately to the winery.

Once in the winery the fruit is destemmed and gently crushed to open fermenters where it slowly fermented over 21 days. During the fermentation process, traditional hand plunging techniques were used to maximise extraction from the skins. The finished wine was aged in a combination of new and old French barriques for 14 months before being bottled.

The new release of the 2015 Estate Merlot is faithful to our objective and is a rich and opulent wine with layers of complex flavours supporting an appealing and savoury palate with fine tannins. This a wine to enjoy with a good meal and good friends or it will comfortably cellar for 6 to 8 years.

2015 Estate Merlot

Cellar Door Price $45 per bottle
Platinum Wine Club Members $33.75 per bottle
Wine Club Members $38.25 (as part of a dozen bottles)

Time Posted: 26/10/2017 at 2:35 PM