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Balgownie Estate

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Bendigo)

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Bendigo)

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The 2018 Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Bendigo has aromas of dark chocolate, snickers, dark berries, and mint. Very Balgownie. Maybe a little forward this year, but also very classical. On the palate you get brick dust, choc peanuts, almost a little leather, compact tannins. Never feels overcooked, just ripe and driven by powdery, ripe, natural tannins.

"A mix of fruit from 49- and 48-year-old vines (70/30), involving 30% whole berry under crushed fruit, fermented wild in open vats, with around 18 days of skin contact and aged for 18 months in 25% new oak. Balgownie is well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, which is renowned for its cellarability. The 2018 shows great varietal character, with blackberry, plum and tomato leaf, as well as some spicy liquorice and vanilla from the oak, and the beginnings of tertiary complexity with earth, prune and chocolate. The palate has a lovely mouthfeel, with very bright fruit giving it a fresh accent. The tannins are still pretty big and teeth-coating, but when consumed with food, they melt away, leaving a smooth, rich and fruit-centred core. I believe this should confidently age for at least another 10-15 years."
95 Points - Brendan Black, Wine Pilot

Wine Specifications

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Size: 750mL

Region: Bendigo

ABV: 14%

Vintage: 2018

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Winery & Vintage Info

Balgownie was named after the shire of Balgownie in Aberdeen, Scotland where founder Stuart Anderson’s descendants originated. The township’s distinctive coat of arms can be seen on some of their labels.

Winemaker Stuart Anderson established Balgownie Estate’s Bendigo vineyards in 1969 with initial plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. From here Balgownie become an influential red wine producer in regional Victoria, producing rich savoury flavours with moderate alcohol and intelligent use of oak.

Balgownie Yarra Valley was purchased in 1999 by Des and Rod Forrester and Bill Freeman, who planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards and then built accommodation, a restaurant, Cellar Door and Spa facility. Winemaker Tony Winspear developed the first Balgownie Yarra Valley vintages and looks after the legendary winery and vineyards to this day.

The Balgownie Estate Cabernet is one of the original wines of Balgownie estate, and is produced from vineyards planted almost 50 years ago at Maiden Gully outside Bendigo. The vineyard has provided excellent conditions throughout its long year history, producing sensational Cabernet since the first release in 1972.

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