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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The sudden burst of warm weather has ripened the grapes and the picking crews have been working very hard getting all the fruit to the winery as quickly as possible. In Bendigo the first grapes to be harvested last week were Merlot which is destined to play a role in our fabulous Black Label Cabernet Merlot. For those that enjoy our increasingly popular Sangiovese, the burst of sunshine rounded the berries off nicely and has resulted in a beautiful looking crop with good balance. The 2019 Black Label Sangiovese is wine to keep an eye out for when it is released in a few years time.
The focus on the picking though the coming week will be on our Shiraz. With a number of different vineyards becoming ripe and at the point of picking at the same time, it is sure to be a busy week for the both the pickers and the winery staff.
The first vineyards to be picked will be Lone Gum and Fruit Salad where the fruit is earmarked for our popular Black Label Shiraz. Later this week, the harvesting will begin on the older shiraz blocks on the property – Rock Block, Railway Block and the fifty-year-old Centre Block. The fruit is in sensational condition and has a nice balance between sweetness, acid and fruit flavours, which should result in a remarkable wine to celebrate the fifth birthday of Balgownie Estate.
The cooler weather has slowed the ripening of the grapes and much to the relief of the winemaking crew, has meant a brief pause in grapes arriving in the winery. This week we picked Rock Block West which has been earmarked for our spectacular Rosé. The grapes were hand-picked in two separate passes through the vineyard to ensure that the berries were harvested at their absolute best.
The shiraz fruit for the Rosé was quickly transported to the winery where it was crushed and left on skins very briefly to ensure the finished wine has that delightful pink blush colour. After crushing the juice was pumped to stainless steel tanks for fermentation.
Also this week we picked viognier, an unusual white variety from France. We have not made a viognier for a number of years, but this years the fruit was outstanding and we decided to make a varietal wine. The viognier was hand-picked and then crushed and pressed immediately to oak where fermentation with indigenous yeast began.