Balgownie Black Label Sparkling Shiraz NV 750ml (Bendigo)
"Deep, bright red/purple colour. Fragrant berry aromas suggest raspberry, cassis, and mulberry, laced with an array of spices. The aromas are lifted by some fancy oak. Incredibly attractive. The palate is full-bodied and laden with tannin, which adds firmness, but the wine is concentrated and deep, and everything is in superb balance. Long, long carry and a touch of elegance. A striking shiraz bubbly. 92/100 Huon Hooke"
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.