Easing back in with three bold Balgownie Shiraz
Blend of Heathcote and Bendigo fruit with a dash of Viognier.
Lovely mix of savoury dark purple fruits, powdery chocolate oak, a little meaty sausage spiciness and soft, fine tannins. Only medium bodied, but balances out nicely, if perhaps a little confected. Only needs a little more concentration to nudge it up with the Centre Block though. Drink: 2015-2023. 17.5/20, 91/100+. 14.5% alc. $25.
Balgownie Estate Centre Block Shiraz 2013
A newish release off a block planted in 1969. Hand picked and fermented in small vats. 30% new oak for 18 months.
Black fruit and lots of concentration -it’s a really big black wine, the oak folding into the black fruit and oak. Superb concentration and impact, if just a little scorched around the edges. Black ink and cocoa powder in a style that is perhaps a little too boozy and warm but has no shortage of concentration. Much to grab hold of. Drink: 2015-2025. 17.7/20, 92/100. 15% alc. $35
Balgownie Estate Shiraz 2012
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. Perhaps a little simple is my only niggle. Sure to get better in time though. Drink:2016-2030. 18.2/20, 93/100. 14.5% alc. $45