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Balgownie Black Label Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Bendigo Victoria
The Balgownie experience with Shiraz dates back to 1969, when the original vines were established on a carefully selected site at Maiden Gully near Bendigo. A backbone of local, estate grown Shiraz is vinified alongside components from superior Victorian vineyards. The sturdy tannins and powerful ripe fruit flavours of Bendigo are enhanced by the spiced acidity and lighter plum character of terroirs further afield. A dash of Viognier contributes suppleness, alluring perfumes and a touch of apricot sweetness.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$287.00
For over forty years, Balgownie have continued to craft big bold Shiraz wines which have been flagships of the Bendigo region. The dedicated team subscribe to the philosophy that the finest quality wines can only be determined in the vineyard. Viticultural management practices aim to achieve a balance between vegetative growth and moderate yields. Healthy vines produce healthy, vibrant grapes which translate into well balanced and flavoursome vines. Balgownie have selected parcels of Shiraz from choice vineyards which can provide harvests of well ripened fruit exhibiting intense flavours and gracious tannins, retaining for inclusion only those which are true to the essential Balgownie style.
Deep rubly colour, opaque purple hues. Lifted bouquet of blackberries and plum fruit, a touch of mint with notes of spice and toasty oak. A vibrant, medium to full bodied Shiraz showing rich mocha/ berry/ chocolate flavours, the intense, ripe and plush lined palate expresses fruitcake and blood plum, steeped cherries, pepper and subtly complex spice, balanced by long fine tannins and refreshing acids. A long, satisfying finish.
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