Balgownie Estate Chardonnay 2012 (Bendigo, Vic)
13.5%, Screwcap, $45
This Balgownie Chardonnay comes off vines that are now circa 32 years old, which is positively ancient for Australian Chardy.
Stylistically, it ride the new and old school wave. Despite the alcohol this smells quite fresh – green figs and biscuity oak. Surprising acid gives shape to the quite worked, nutty and golden hued palate too. It’s full, a little blunt but also nicely contained – everything you’d sort of want in a slightly old school Chardonnay, plus its long.
Not bad at all. I’d drink it.
Tasted: November 2014
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? Not quite. I’d drink a glass or two though.
Buy online: Balgownie Estate