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2013 Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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From a cracking Victorian vintage comes this tight, taut and terrific Cab Sauv from wine industry legends Balgownie. Medium to fuller-bodied in style, it shows attractive smells of black currants, violet florals, toasted cedar and crushed leaves on the nose, with just a smattering of star anise spice. The palate is elegant with a harnessed power of dark fruits at its centre, some evident talcy tannins, tight acidity, and a long, rich, dry finish. It's begging for more time in the cellar, but a decant and a slow-cooked beef stew would do the trick now.

Winemaker's Notes

Shows classical Cabernet aromas of red and black currants combined with leafy notes and cedar oak. The palate combines both complexity and intensity of flavour with great length and balance. The beautifully ripe tannins are layered right along the extended finish. A wine with great concentration and focus which will accompany rich dishes now and cellar exceptionally well.

Vineyard notes: Beautiful warm growing season with excellent soil moisture levels throughout - great conditions for our Cabernet Sauvignon. Hand harvesting commenced in mid March and concluded at the end of the first week in April to ensure that fruit was harvested in optimal condition. Cropping levels were kept to 1.5 tonnes per acre to encourage flavour and intensity in the berries.

Winemaker notes: The Estate Cabernet was de-stemmed into open vats and stainless tanks for fermentation. After ferment a portion was held for extended maceration. The wine was matured for 18 months in 40% new French barriques.

Food pairing notes: Slow cooked beef cheeks in red wine with creamy mash.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2013 Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
The aroma of the 2010 is a very latent, savoury black olive, oak obvious with tight black currant with a mirepoix edge of cooked vegetables. This is just a puppy peeking around a corner of life. The palate is elegant, a mouth filling texture with the fruit a bit subdued giving sweetness, more than flavour at this time. The tannins are very fine powder puff silky. The finish is ginger and cedar from oak, and it needs time or venison and roast vegetables at this stage.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Firm and finely balanced, this deeply flavoured but elegant wine is set for the long term. Underpinned by suggestions of minerals and graphite, its deep, dark bouquet of blackberries, cassis, dark plums and cedary oak reveals nuances of chocolate and iodide. It's long and smooth, with a firm, drying spine of powdery tannins supporting concentrated dark fruit flavours and tight-knit oak. A typical long term classic from this great vineyard.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
An exemplary wine, right out of the old Balgownie textbook, that marries deeply layers of bright, pristine cabernet flavour with fine-grained oak and a firm, tightly wound and tightly integrated structure. Scented with a lightly smoky bouquet of violets, cassis, dark plums and fresh cedar/vanilla/cigarboxy oak, it's long, tightly focused and astringent. A wine for the long term; it's already elegant and superbly balanced.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Decant for the first five years if drinking now but as all the elements for cellaring are present with subtle oak spice and solid bramble, red and black fruit flavours cellaring would be best. A wine with harmony between its fruit and balanced tannins.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very fine, stylish and elegant, with a floral scent of violets and fresh cassis, blackberries and mulberries backed by tight-grained cedar/vanilla oak, dark chocolates and a suggestion of dried herbs. It's long and deeply flavoured, with a dark-fruited presence of cassis, plum, blackberries and minerals tightly knit with fresh oak and underpinned by very fine, tight and crunchy tannins, finishing with a measured integration and refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Less about the variety and more about the region, showing a strong savoury personality, supported by plenty of dark fruits; dense, but with a lightness on the finish that belies the concentration.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A fine piece of winemaking has developed a powerful, assertive but carefully balanced red for the long haul. Scented with cassis, violets, plums and well-knit cedar/vanilla oak, its sumptuous palate is coated with a drying, chalky astringency. There's just a hint of currant and meatiness beneath its richly ripened dark berry and plum-like fruit, which simply soaks up its substantial oak treatment.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Deep, bright colour; medium-bodied, mouthfilling soft black fruits with gentle mocha oak; the tannins are likewise very soft, but persistent.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A traditional Bendigo cabernet of tremendous depth, ripeness and regional intensity. Scented with spicy, menthol-like aromas of cassis, dark plums, and sweet oak, it reveals floral, violet-like under-tones. Firm and line-grained, its profound expression of ripe, slightly jammy red and black berry/plum fruit is framed by firm, fine tannins and finishes with minty suggestions of eucalypt. Modestly alcoholic, given its richness and ripeness.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; attractive spicy, savoury blackcurrant fruit; lingering ripe tannins and a hint of chocolate; good oak and tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Firm and structured, this long-term central Victorian red has a minty perfume of violets and cassis over smoky undertones of cedar/vanilla oak and a whiff of menthol. Earthy and leathery, its minty dark plum and berry flavours are framed by a bony spine of drying tannins. Pleasing length and brightness.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Very firm, structured cabernet of refinement and balance. Its earthy fragrance of violets and rose petals, cassis, plums and blackberries overlies tightly integrated cedar/chocolate/vanilla oak and scents of dried herbs. Robust and linear, it delivers piercing, penetrative flavours of dark berries and plums over astringent, bony tannins. Wait for it.
Australian Wine Annual 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Powerful, intense, focused cassis and blackberry; long palate; subtle oak, good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet has blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with well-integrated oak, and the palate is marvellously sweet and rich, without being heavy, over-extracted or tannic; here blackberry, blackcurrant and a touch of chocolate all come together in an excellent wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; brooding blackberry and prune fruit aromas with some vanilla oak lead into a powerful, rich palate with essencey fruit, sweet tannins and vanilla oak. A milkshake style, but very good.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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