Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Ripeness. That’s the focal point in this Balgownie Cabernet, which flirts with some of the rum and raisin dried fruit characters seen in other ’13 Vic reds, but saved from the dried fruit excesses. It’s less Cabernet-like than some vintages and more ‘big red’, but the sheer volume of dark fruit, cosseting oak and punchy, choc mint fruit cake flavours makes this satisfying. Just a little warmth on the drying finish, but not enough to do anything but push home the bold agenda. Personally I’d want to drink this much later, as it is just a little heavy now. A decade will be kind, and the length and breadth are well up to the ageing. Best drinking: 2025-2035. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14%, $45. Would I buy it? I’d put a bottle in the cellar, but not quite drink now.