The 2012 Balgownie Estate Shiraz has been released with a number of excellent reviews from Australia’s foremost wine writers.
"Good colour, a splash of vanillan/coffeed oak and a wealth of grainy, tannin-shot fruit. This is a sure contender for the cellar. Sweet, ripe blackberry and violet with mint notes at modest levels. Not exactly bright, but fresh and lively enough. Indeed, all seems in excellent order."
Drink to: 2032
Purple maroon. Squishy berries, a little haunch and some deep blackness. Seriously rich and dense nose. Powerful palate takes that meaty, purple berry fruit, a streak of vanilla oak and then soft, lingering tannins. Love the purple berry pepper, the warmth the only full stop. Finishes savoury, long and black fruited - a genuinely delicious wine and everything in its right place... Sure to get better in time though."
“A powerful, typical Bendigo red. The tannins are persuasive and the wine blossoms in the glass – and with hearty food. Great intensity and depth. It will reward cellaring. (14.5 per cent alcohol; screw cap). Ageing? Best between two and 22 years."
Food Idea: Braised steak and mushroom
Value: Very good