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Simon Wiener
29 July 2016 | Simon Wiener

Balgownie Estate Tawny Fortified Shiraz

As the cold winter weather continues, we are very pleased that a brand new bottling of Balgownie Estate’s Tawny Fortified Shiraz is now ready to drink. Warm up those cold winter nights with glass (or two) of our fabulous fortified wine matched with delicious dark Cuvee Chocolate.

Time Posted: 29/07/2016 at 4:30 PM
Simon Wiener
21 June 2016 | Simon Wiener

Huon Hooke's Black Label Sangiovese Review - 92 points

Here is what Huon Hooke had to say about Balgownie's latest release Sangiovese:

"Full red/purple hue and a sweetly ripe, attractive bouquet incorporating dried herbs, dried fruits and berries. It’s medium
to full-bodied and deliciously flavoured on the palate, a far cry from the simplistic grapy styles. Tannins are mild and the
finish is clean and balanced."

Drink 2016 to 2026

Points: 92/100

Time Posted: 21/06/2016 at 2:30 PM
Simon Wiener
2 June 2016 | Simon Wiener

2014 Black Label Sangiovese Now Avaliable

Balgownie Estate is proud to announce the release of the sensational 2014 Black Label Sangiovese. Since its first release in 2010 the Sangiovese has built a reputation as a delicious wine that is the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of food and has resulted in it being keenly sort after.

This new release of Balgownie Estate Sangiovese has aromas of cherry, plums, and a touch of spice accompanied by gentle savoury notes. The palate is rich and fleshy with black and red fruits framed by characteristic Sangiovese tannins and gentle oak. The wine has great persistence and a remarkable balance between fruit, acid and tannin. 

The 2014 vintage of Sangiovese is extremely limited and will sell very quickly. Enjoy a bottle today before it disappears!

Time Posted: 02/06/2016 at 1:07 PM
Simon Wiener
8 May 2016 | Simon Wiener

Balgownie Estate Founder Stuart Anderson

Check out legendary winemaker and the founder of Balgownie Estate, Stuart Anderson talking to Tony Robinson as Tony explores the historic city of Bendigo on the lastest episode of 'Time Walks' on the ABC.

Stuart discusses his role in the re-establishment of Bendigo as a wine region with his decision to plant the Balgownie Estate vineyard in 1969 at Maiden Gully. And he shares a rare bottle 1980 Balgownie Estate wine!

Watch the full episode here.

Time Posted: 08/05/2016 at 4:42 PM
Simon Wiener
30 April 2016 | Simon Wiener

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most celebrated grape variety renowned for its ability to produce rich, full-bodied wines capable of aging. Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the Gironde region in south-west France. Recent DNA analysis has shown that Cabernet Sauvignon is a natural cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc and despite the large plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon throughout the world it is thought that this cross occurred as recently as the early 1800s.

Cabernet Sauvignon is widely planted throughout the world except in cooler regions. It produces wines with structure that are deep in colour, as well as high in tannin and acid. Significantly Cabernet Sauvignon retains it recognizable characteristic colour and smell regardless of where it is planted, while still reflecting the vintage conditions of where and when it was grown.

Although Cabernet Sauvignon is often seen as second to Shiraz in Australia, it was one of the first varieties planted by Stuart Anderson in Bendigo in 1969. Stuart identified the site at Myers Creek outside of Bendigo having the ideal climate and soil type for the production of high quality wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon.

The initial plantings at Bendigo occurred in and 1969 and the first vintage of Cabernet was produced in 1972. It was this wine (along with the Shiraz) that built the reputation of Balgownie Estate as a boutique producer of superb red wines that combine power and elegance and have the rare ability to age whilst being approachable when young. The Cabernet Sauvignon has intensity and complexity yet is an honest wine that reflects the well-chosen site at Bendigo and the year in which it was produced.

The current 2013 vintage of the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is faithful to the original style of Stuart Anderson with an intensity of flavour and the intelligent use of oak to support the palate and not dominate it. The palate is beautifully ripe with layers of flavour that extend along its length. A sensational wine of great beauty and concentration that will age for up to 15 years.

Time Posted: 30/04/2016 at 1:55 PM
Simon Wiener
23 March 2016 | Simon Wiener

Easter Opening Hours 2016

Enjoy the Easter Long Weekend and indulge in a taste of fabulous Balgownie Estate Wines.

Yarra Valley Cellar Door Opening Hours                     Bendigo Cellar Door Opening Hours

Good Friday: 12pm - 5pm                                                            Good Friday: Closed                                          

Saturday : 9am  - 6pm                                                                  Saturday: 11am - 5pm

Easter Sunday: 9am - 5pm                                                             Easter Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Easter Monday: 9am - 5pm                                                            Easter Monday: 11am - 5pm

Time Posted: 23/03/2016 at 2:30 PM
Simon Wiener
8 March 2016 | Simon Wiener

Huon Hooke Yarra Valley Estate Chardonnay Review - 93 points

Read Huon Hooke’s review of brand new Yarra Valley Estate Chardonnay from The Age newspaper on Tuesday 8th March

“the colour is light-medium straw and the bouquet contains nutty and almond-meal nucances. Intense and concentrated in the mouth with a core of ripe-fruit sweetness and a long finish. A smart chardonnay.

Score 93 points

Ageing Now to eight years

Food idea Seared scollaps


Time Posted: 08/03/2016 at 5:00 PM
Simon Wiener
25 February 2016 | Simon Wiener

2016 Vintage Update

The 2016 vintage has been a compressed vintage  so far with the moderate, warm weather and high sun levels ripening all the grapes quickly and evenly. This week at Balgownie Estate in the Yarra Valley we had a large crew of pickers on board who very quickly hand harvested the remaining Chardonnay and also managed to pick all our Pinot Noir. With the ideal ripening conditions over the preceding weeks we have been able to pick our Pinot Noir with optimal levels of flavour and the ideal balance between acid and sugar levels. 

At Balgownie Estate in Bendigo, this week has seen the beginning of the harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon. Traditionally Cabernet is one of the last grape varieties to be picked as it is a late ripening variety that requires abundant sun to get ideal flavour and ripeness. Winemaker Tony Winspear has been very happy with the Cabernet as it has been hand-picked with lovely intense fruit flavours. The Cabernet has joined the Shiraz and Merlot in the winery undergoing fermentation in open vats with daily hand plunging for a gentle extraction of fruit, flavour and tannin.

Time Posted: 25/02/2016 at 9:17 AM
Simon Wiener
20 February 2016 | Simon Wiener

2016 Vintage Update

Today grape picking has begun at Balgownie Estate in the Yarra Valley. The first parcel of Chardonnay fruit was hand-picked and is looking amazing with a beautiful balance between fresh fruit flavours and fresh, crisp acid. The remaining fruit will be picked next week; hand picking the vineyard in multiple passes results in the fruit being picked at the perfect time when the fruit is its best.

In Bendigo, the winery is operating at capacity with nearly all fermenters in use. The Chardonnay has completed its fermentation and has been pressed into French oak barrels. The Rosé is undergoing a long and slow fermentation to retain its fruit character and youthful vibrancy.

Meanwhile the Shiraz and Merlot are also happily undergoing fermentation in open vats with daily hand plunging to ensure the gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannins. This week the Sangiovese was also hand-picked in terrific condition with rich fruit flavours and impeccable balance.

Although vintage has occurred a touch earlier than usual, the fruit produced this year in Bendigo has been of outstanding quality and flavour and the 2016 wines will be highly sought after on their release.


Time Posted: 20/02/2016 at 11:00 AM
Simon Wiener
13 February 2016 | Simon Wiener

2016 Vintage Update

This week we have started picking the Shiraz at Balgownie Estate in Bendigo. The first vineyards picked have been fruit grown for the Black Label Shiraz.

Today picking has started in the old vine vineyards with fruit that is destined for The Estate Shiraz. The first vineyards to be picked were the Railway Block and the Centre Block. The consistent sunshine and warm temperatures in Bendigo has resulted in berries being picked in fantastic condition, beautifully ripe and full of flavour.

The fruit has been transported to the winery and crushed and is currently beginning its fermentation in open fermenters. The wine making staff are very excited about the quality of the Shiraz fruit and are confident of producing an outstanding wine.

Shiraz Grapes being tipped into the crusher to begin their journey into wine

Time Posted: 13/02/2016 at 8:00 AM