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Date Printed: 8/2/2014
Balgownie Shiraz 2006
Balgownie Shiraz 2006
(search item no. 100543)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/2/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blackberry and mulberry fruits with licorice and cracked pepper sing of Central Victorian Shiraz; a touch of Viognier thrown in for aromatic lift. Immediately approachable in its youth, this regional benchmark has the structure and concentration to age gracefully.
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About Balgownie Estate:

Bendigo Vineyards Balgownie Estate's Bendigo vineyard was originally planted by local pharmacist Stuart Anderson in 1969. The initial plantings consisted of five acres each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and these varieties are still the mainstay of the vineyard today. At Balgownie Estate we subscribe to the philosophy that wine quality is made in the vineyard. Our vineyard management aims to achieve a balance between vegetative growth and moderate yields. We believe healthy vines produce healthy vibrant fruit. The vineyard is planted on alluvial clay soils that are low in fertility but provide good moisture retention. These soils naturally limit yields and produce grapes with depth and intensity. The Bendigo Climate is characterised by its continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The warm days and cool nights during the ripening period are ideal for producing intense and age-worthy red wines.

Yarra Valley: Balgownie Estate's Yarra Valley vineyards were planted in 2003 to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the two varieties we believe are best suited to the region. The Yarra Valley's cool climate is ideal for these Burgundian varieties, producing grapes with intensity and balance