Balgownie Estate has been producing classic and traditional Shiraz since the early 70s, riding the trends, and maintaining an enviable consistency in their output.
The 2015 Estate Shiraz is made with fully destemmed fruit, slow, gentle fermentation, before racking to French oak barriques (30% new), for 18 months maturation. The result is a sure-footed wine that elegantly speaks of its pedigree, without blasting it through a loud-speaker. Ripe, dark fruits, vanilla oak influence, crushed peppercorns and star anise. As Campbell Mattinson says, 'If you've got it, flaunt it.'
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.
Balgownie Estate was one of the pioneers of commercial winemaking in the Bendigo Region, first planting vines in 1969. Established by the legendary winemaker Stuart Anderson, Balgownie Estate was the first vineyard planted in the Bendigo district in more than 80 years. The emergence of Balgownie Estate as a serious red wine producer in the 1970's led to the rapid expansion of the central goldfields wine growing region and was a significant force in the rebirth of the Victorian wine industry.
Balgownie Estate’s red wines were inspired by the classic wines of France and the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Shiraz were highly sought after from the first vintage release in 1972. The style of Balgownie Estate was set through this period with intense and complex wines that were rich yet savoury rather than simple fruity flavours. Moderate alcohol and the intelligent use of oak endowed these wines a rare combination of vibrancy and a genuine sense of honesty, as well as the capacity to develop in the cellar.
JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
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.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
It seems too oak-influenced at first but as it breathes its stride turns surer. Fair to say that there are no questions over this wine's quality. It is bold, firm, generous and well controlled. Blackberry and vanilla, peppercorn and cherries. Aniseed balls. Plenty of flesh, good length, strong arms of tannin, and liberal oak. 'If you've got it, flaunt it' style of shiraz.
NICK BUTLER - THE REAL REVIEW
Elegant wine - ripe rhubarb and raspberry concentrate. Bright and elegant. There's a hint of mint that makes the wine sapid. Rowing in a good channel - red fruits with ripeness and width. Classy.