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Balgownie Estate

www.balgownieestate.com.au

Hermitage Rd, Maiden Gully, 3551

Cellar Door: Daily (11-5)

Ph: (03) 5449 6222

Stuart Anderson established the region's pioneering vineyards and winery in 1969 about 15 km west of Bendigo. After a period of ownership by Berringer Blass the winery was purchased by the Forrester family in 1999.

Today, the Bendigo vineyard has expanded to 30 hectares with plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay as well as smaller quantities of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Viognier.

A second Yarra Valley Vineyard (Balgownie Vineyard Retreat and Spa) was established in 2001 followed by the construction of a cellar door, restaurant, conference centre and spa suite accommodation complex at the new site.

The complex Chardonnay is one of the few regional whites to match the quality of the region's reds.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Balgownie Estate Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, concentrated blackberry pastille and dark plums with anise, mint and white pepper notes, some savoury game aspects emerge further down the medium-full bodied palate, the tannins are quite fine and framed with charry mocha oak (****)

Balgownie Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, juicy blackcurrant,mulberry and dark plum with eucalypt, pepper and sage notes, the palate is long,medium bodied with graphite minerality, fine but grainy tannins are persistent, balanced dark chocolate/vanilla oak (****)

Balgownie Estate Bendigo Chardonnay 2015

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, leesy and barrel fermented yellow peach, lemon rind and white nectarine with while florals, long palate but is a bit thin, subtle cinnamon/clove oak and grapefruit acidity (***1/2)

Balgownie Estate White Label Chardonnay 2012

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: April 2015, generously flavoured but shapely core of yellow peach, mango, melon and lime sherbet with struck match notes, the leesy and slightly waxy palate has good persistence, the cinnamon/clove oak is neatly integrated and the acid refreshing, perhaps not the classic style of the 2011 vintage but remains one of the benchmark whites for the region (****1/2)

Balgownie Estate Bendigo Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, barrel fermented, good aromatics, vibrant nectarine, lemon butter and melon with white flower florals and leesy and mealy complexity, also some matchstick on the nose, long and focussed palate with savoury, creamy oak adding some clove and cinnamon, the cold vintage has given this extra vibrancy and acid drive to lift this to the top level (*****)

Balgownie Estate Sparkling Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, vibrant bead, perfumed showing minty blackberry and raspberry with cola and liquorice notes, there’s some of the variety’s white pepper notes on the palate, the dosage is noticeable but not too overt and the acid gives enough drive (****)

Balgownie Estate Sparkling Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($29)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, Bendigo and Heathcote fruit,  perfumed blackberry, plum and raspberry with cola, mint and peppery spice notes,  lively bead with fine tannins and controlled dosage (****)

Balgownie Estate White Label Bendigo Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, glossy fairly concentrated blackberry pastille, blueberry and liqueur black cherry with anise, white pepper and savoury meat complexity, medium-full bodied palate with chalky tannins, rich mocha-coffee oak, white quite ripe the fruit not showing the drought stress of some recent vintages (****)

Balgownie Estate Viognier 2010

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, perfumed, silky and medium bodied orange peel and apricot with chamomile, citrus blossom and ginger notes, well judged barrel ferment and lees complexity without excessive oiliness, good drive and length with fine, chalky phenolics, more Condrieu-like than most Australian Viogniers, has opened up nicely so drink soon (****1/2)

Balgownie Estate White Label Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, the last of the run of drought vintages but seems a bit more austere and linear than the 2008, some pre-harvest rain may have helped out, slightly forward and medium-full bodied blackberry pastille, blueberry and liqueur black cherry with anise, white pepper and savoury meat complexity, chalky tannins with well judged spice and mocha-coffee from the French oak barriques (****)

Balgownie Estate White Label Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, tangy nectarine, melon and peach, barrel fermented and mealy palate, vibrant chalky grapefruit acidity, toasty cashew-vanilla-clove oak is not too overt, has good focus and drive by regional standards (****)

Balgownie Estate White Label Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, ripe and intense blackberry and liqueur black cherry with anise, white pepper and musk notes, the fairly long and medium-full bodied palate has some savoury roast meat nuances on the back half, slightly warm finish with dark chocolate-cedar and persistent dusty tannins (***1/2)

Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, an elegant and balanced wine showing the benefits of the mild summer apart from a brief spike of extreme heat in March 2008, perfumed and deep set blackcurrant and mulberry with violet, eucalypt and dried herb notes, long and minerally palate with firm, finely grained tannins and dark chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak (****)

Balgownie Estate Bendigo Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, fairly intense for the region, melon, white peach and fig aromas, palate shows lemon butter features with bready yeast notes, lots of toasty vanilla oak, good acid balance (****)

Balgownie Estate Bendigo Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($31)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, tightly wound core of blackcurrant and slightly jammy liqueur cherry, medium-full bodied with good depth, white pepper and mint notes, mocha-chocolate on finish, French oak, fine grained tannins (****)

Balgownie Estate Bendigo Cabernet Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, mouth-filling plum, raspberry and blackcurrant with anise, mint and white pepper features, tightly structured medium bodied palate although quite herbaceous, slightly green tannins (***)

Balgownie Estate Bendigo Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Purchased: Not ($34)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, nose shows plenty of varietal blackcurrant and mintiness with some liquorice and chocolate features, medium bodied palate is quite savoury, toasty oak, tannins and grippy but this will suit long term cellaring (***1/2)