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Balgownie Estate

2015 Centre Block Shiraz

2015 Centre Block Shiraz
New Vintage Release

“This is a looser knit single-site Bendigo shiraz than its brethren. The result is a choir of violet, iodine and blue fruits, lifted by a skein of white pepper melded to transparent acidity and moderate tannins. Slightly reduced, echoes of Northern Rhone in its potential, floral aromatics. Will age beautifully.” 96/100 James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

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Wine Specs
8 to 10 years
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Jeremy Oliver’s Review "Assertive and sumptuous, this powerfully flavoured shiraz tempers its intensity with elegance and savoury qualities. Scented with musky spices, cracked pepper and deep dark plum, blackberry and cassis-like scents, it’s supported by fresh, smoky cedar/chocolatey oak. Its intense core of black, blue and red fruit extends long and assertive down a firmish, powdery spine, culminating in a long, faintly mineral finish. 94/100"
James Halliday’s 2018 Wine Companion - Rating 96
Vineyard Notes
The warm conditions that existed throughout the growing season provided an excellent environment for growing high quality shiraz suitable for the Centre Block. To maintain the exceptional quality and integrity of the fruit, the grapes were hand harvested by our experienced picking crew.
Winemaker Notes
The fruit was destemmed and partially crushed before being pumped to open vats for fermentation using indigenous, wild yeasts. The wine spent 22 days on skins undergoing hand plunging and minimal pump overs, before being racked to a combination of French oak barriques and puncheons (30% new) for twelve months. The wine was bottled unfined and with minimal sulphur additions, before spending two years in the bottle prior to release.
Food Pairing Notes
Char-grilled Rib Eye
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