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.
The Easter long weekend is the perfect time to come in and do some tastings at both our Yarra Valley and Bendigo Cellar Doors. Easter opening hours at our Bendigo Cellar Door Good Friday: Closed Saturday: 11am- 5pm Sunday: 11am- 5pm Monday: 11am- 5pm Easter opening hours for our Yarra Valley Cellar Door Good Friday: 12pm- 5pm Saturday: 9:30am- 6pm Sunday: 9:30am - 5pm Monday: 9:30am - 5pm Hope to see you all soon.
The new 2015 vintage has begun with our first pick of Old Vine Chardonnay coming off today from the Bendigo vineyard. The fruit came off in excellent condition with excellent natural acidity.
Our sparkling base was picked last night and is currently being pressed.
Tomorrow will see the Hillside Chardonnay harvested and pressed out.
The first Shiraz pick may occur in the next week to 10 days if current ripening conditions prevail.
The 2012 Estate Chardonnay is really cleaning up at the wine shows with a Trophy at the Ballarat Wine Show 2014 for Best Regional Chardonnay.
Along with recieving Gold medals at; Boutique Wine Awards 2014, Rutherglen Wine Show 2014, Sydney International Wine Competition 2014 (Blue Gold), Concours de Vins Victoria 2013, Australian Small Winemakers Show 2013, Ballarat Wine Show 2014