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Balgownie Estate

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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
 
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
 
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
 
11 March 2019 | Simon Wiener

2019 Vintage Update

Cabernet Sauvignon is traditionally one of the last grapes to ripen and hence is one of the last grapes be picked at Balgownie Estate Bendigo. As with all the grapes at Balgownie Estate, the Cabernet has been picked by hand to ensure that only the best fruit is picked when it displays the optimum balance between fruit, acid and sugar.

The warm weather has resulted in the Cabernet appearing particularly good this year and the fruit was delivered to the winery in ideal condition. The fruit was destemmed and partially crushed before beginning a slow fermentation in open vats. The ferments were pumped over on a daily basis to ensure that the grape skins and the fermenting juice remained in contact and to maximise the extract of colour and tannins. The picture above shows a pump over in progress with the wine being taken from the bottom of the open vat and sprayed over the top of the feremnting skins.

Time Posted: 11/03/2019 at 5:09 PM
Simon Wiener
 
8 March 2019 | Simon Wiener

2019 Vintage Update

After a long week with all the staff working extremely hard, most of the shiraz has been picked and is currently happily fermenting. Shiraz is fermented on skins to extract colour and tannin that are needed in the finished wine. While fermenting in open vats, the shiraz is pumped over twice a day, which keeps the fermenting wine and skins in contact and maximises the level of extract.

In the Yarra Valley, the picking crews have been fantastic and have very rapidly managed to pick all the chardonnay and pinot noir over a couple of days. Unusually both the chardonnay and pinot noir were ripe at the same time, as a consequence of the warm weather and high levels of sunshine that we experienced. Thanks to a heroic effort all the fruit was removed over two very long days and has been whipped off to the winery to be made in to delicious wine.

Time Posted: 08/03/2019 at 4:24 PM