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Balgownie Estate

2015 Balgownie Estate Shiraz

2015 Balgownie Estate Shiraz

Shiraz is one of the original plantings at our vineyard in Bendigo where the continental climate and alluvial soils produce ideal ripening conditions. Shiraz has been produced by Balgownie Estate since the very first vintage in 1972. The vineyard at Bendigo has consistently produced sensational fruit that forms the backbone of this extraordinary wine that combines a rich weighty body with elegance and structure that is delightful to drink as a young wine, yet will reward careful cellaring over 16 years.

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Wine Specs
16 - 18 years
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
“Tremendous concentration of fruit without being over-the-top, it’s more a whorl of cassis and plums, cherry pips and blueberries. Savoury but sturdy tannins, both fruit and oak derived, add to the frame of this not-quite full-bodied wine. It starts with an exuberance and brightness, just tapering off with a dry finish.” James Halliday’s 2019 Wine Companion - Rating 94
“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.” Huon Hooke Real Review by Nick Butler
Vineyard Notes
The consistent warm conditions across the Spring and Summer of 2015 resulted in healthy vines producing excellent fruit. The dry conditions continued through harvest and coupled with green harvesting to reduce yields, contributed to the production of top quality fruit. The Shiraz fruit was harvested by hand over three separate passes through the vineyard to ensure that the berries were delivered to the winery at their optimum.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was destemmed and crushed and was then pumped straight to small open vats for fermentation. A slow fermentation on skins over the next 14 to 20 days occurred with the number of pump overs and plunging kept to a minimum and to maintain the quality of the fruit. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barriques (30% new), and bottled without fining.
Food Pairing Notes
Lamb backstrap for a dinner with someone special
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