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Balgownie Estate

2017 Balgownie Estate Shiraz

2017 Balgownie Estate Shiraz
New Vintage Release

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
"Black and blue fruits sizzle all the way. They get deep and it's not hard to find comfort in them. Licks of soy and balsamic add layers of interest. An earthy and meaty edge is woven beautifully into the fabric. Some tension is evident on opening but this relaxes after two days of tasting. Silky tannins ride on the back of fine spices and a sprinkle of pepper pleading for another sip. Heck, why not? Qwines Review 93/100"
Vineyard Notes
The consistent warm conditions across the Spring and Summer of 2016 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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