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2014 Bowen Estate Shiraz

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There are so many family stories in the wine industry and the Bowen's are another one of those who continue to produce the goods vintage after vintage. In fact Bowen are one of the stars of the Coonawarra region producing consistently excellent Shiraz. We love the aromas of this Shiraz tending towards cherries and berries with undertones of leather and cedar. The palate is lengthy, structured and full of soft tannin. It’s great for cellaring in the short term, however we suggest you try some now with some rare beef or cheese.

Winemaker's Notes

Region
Coonawarra, Australia

Variety
Shiraz 100%, totally Estate grown and hand pruned

Vintage 2014
Very good winter rains of 2013 were followed by a wet and windy spring. The inclement weather during spring resulted in a poor fruit set resulting in lower than average crop at vintage. A typical warm to hot January was followed by ideal conditions from verasion through to full ripeness. Our grapes were in excellent condition for the 2014 vintage.

Wine
This Shiraz celebrates 40 vintages of Shiraz at Bowen Estate. The wine is a great representation of our continuing devotion to Coonawarra Shiraz. Upon approaching the wine, you are greeted by a beautiful plummy aroma. Great depth of spicy fruit characters generously fills the palate giving it a supple rounded mouth feel. As ever these fruit characters are well supported by Coonawarra’s trade mark fine tannin structure. The use of well integrated oak adds to the tannin structure giving extra persistence. A wine to drink now or in the future.

Drink
Over the next 5 - 7 years.

expert reviews about

2014 Bowen Estate Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Musky, briary aromas of small black and red berries laced with peppery notes and backed by earthy, animal hide-like complexity precede a supple, smooth palate whose vibrant core of fruit become marginally hollow and metallic towards the finish. While there's an underswell of dried herbs, spice and a meaty influence, the wine might yet flesh out with time in the bottle.
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
2018-2022+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Deeply ripened and sumptuous, this sweetly oaked, plump and juicy shiraz has an intense bouquet of dark plums and cassis, dark chocolate oak and dusty hints of dried herbs, with a hint of spirit. Its bright, forward palate of dense, brambly plum and berry flavours is underpinned by firmish, fine tannin and finely matched with fresh oak.
The Australian Wine Annual
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
The one-piece cork is a defiant stand emphasising the conservative traditional values of Bowen Estate; the colour is still a bright crimson, but the flavours can't escape the clutches of the high alcohol that cuts short the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
An elegant and stylish wine that would have been even better without the sweet and spirity impact of 15% alcohol. Its deep, slightly earthy, meaty and gamy aromas of blackberries and plums are laced with black pepper, musky spices and sweet suggestions of chocolate/vanilla oak. Long, dark and savoury, its slightly sour-edged presence of dark plums and berries, smoked meats and minerals culminates in a savoury but slightly spirity and graphite-like mineral finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Coonawarra is renowned for its cabernet but Bowen Estate's shiraz often bucks that trend. It's always a wine worth investigating. There's a lot of goodness to be enjoyed here, though as with the cabernet, it gets a bit dry and raspy on the finish. It tastes like the result of a tough vintage. That said, it provides a good hit of raspberried, blackberried, briary fruit flavour with an attractive edge of black pepper. There's some kirsch-like flavour here too. A nicely made wine.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
90
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
This wine's intense flavours and balanced structure indicate a terrific capacity to age. Getting better each year, subtle oak, juicy, spicy, red and black berry fruit.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A welcome return to top form; touches of spice to the black fruits of the bouquet, then a lively medium-bodied palate with ripples of black fruits, spice and cedary oak; good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Very smooth and classy, with a spicy, heady perfume of cassis, iris, lavender and fine-grained cedar/chocolate/ vanilla oak backed by undertones of black pepper. Moderately rich and elegant, its intense palate of pristine, luscious berry/plum flavour and sweet oak is supported by a silky cut of fine tannin, finishing with lingering sour-edged fruit and gamey complexity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Bowen Estate is still a favourite of red-wine drinkers and rightly so: it's an honest outfit of full-flavoured wines. Quality is now steadily on the rise after a slight blip. Bowen Shiraz's fan base will like this. It has ropes of tannins and spots of black pepper, though at heart it's cherried and curranty and robust. It's not what you would call a brightly flavoured wine (and it arguably lacks definition - to get all wine nerdy on you), but it has guts and structure. Very good.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Savoury and spicy; gentle red and black fruits, not dominated by oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Dusty aromas of sweet juicy small black and red berries, smoky vanilla French oak, white pepper, cloves and cinnamon precede a firm, pliant palate of length and richness. Backed by smooth, creamy oak, it is plush, fractionally meaty and currant-like,but has enough deep and bright, vibrant fruit for sound medium-term cellaring.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
92
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
Bowen Estate is still a favourite of red wine drinkers and rightly so; it's an honest outfit of full-flavoured wines. Quality seems more variable than it once did though. 2005 RELEASE Here's an example of where Bowen Estate seems to be having problems. It is capable of making super shiraz, but while this release is sound and attractive, it simply lacks the quality it once had. This tastes of blackberry, pepper, meat, smoky French oak and raspberries, the soft easiness of it difficult to resist. As a drink, it's good. As a quality statement, maybe not so. DRINK 2008-2013.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Rustic, blackberried, solid.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; blackberry/black cherry fruit in a restrained, earthy style; ripe tannins and subtle oak. Some questions on bacterial status.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Elegant, fine-grained and deeply fruited, this is a marvellously long, firm and sumptuous modern shiraz. Laced with the scent of violets, its deep aromas of blackberries, blueberries, dark chocolate and meaty complexity reveal spicy undertones of doves, cinnamon and dark olives. Its long and sour-edged palate is framed by fine, drying tannins, finishing with a tangy note of mineral salt.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Savoury, gamey, curranty and good.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
83
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A restrained and finely presented, measured shiraz whose spicy, peppery fragrance of pristine cassis, dark plum, blackberry and mulberry fruit is supported by lightly toasty cedar/vanilla oak. Not especially complex, it offers a palate of full to medium weight and vibrant, dark-fruited and chocolate-like flavour backed by sweet oak and framed by fine, silky tannins. Long and minty, it's polished and restrained, with undertones of forest floor.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2003 Vintage) says
Awkward but interesting.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
85
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
An ethereal perfume of spicy cloves, cinnamon and licorice overlies deep aromas of raspberries, cassis and plums, with undertones of white pepper, rosemary and sweet vanilla/cedar oak. Long, smooth and sumptuous, its deep, pristine fruit, creamy oak and leathery game meat-like complexity culminate in a lingering finish of balance and harmony. Very stylish, very classy.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2002 Vintage) says
Green and unpleasant.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
82
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; restrained plum, mint and blackberry; gentle oak and tannins; a new style direction.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2001 Vintage) says
Good drink but lacks substance.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is crammed with complex fruit and oak, swelling into dark plum, licorice and vanilla on the palate, finishing with plentiful, ripe tannins. A rich, traditional style. Gold medal Limestone Coast Wine Show 2002.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2000 Vintage) says
Fat plummy flavours. Lacks structure.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
88
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is quite fragrant, with a mix of black cherry, mulberry, vanilla and spice; the rich and powerful palate has voluminous dark fruit flavours and the usual hefty boost from 14.5° alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1999 Vintage) says
Rich, perfumed, gamey.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
87
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1998 Vintage) says
Rich, blackberried, spicy-fruit force.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; an ultra-classic Australian red bouquet; rich, with complex fruit and sweet oak. The palate delivers all that the bouquet promises, with abundant flavour in the red berry spectrum coupled with almost Italianate tannins, and complementary oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1997 Vintage) says
Stylish flavour and nutty oak. Excellent.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
91
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a clean but surprisingly light bouquet with earthy berry varietal character, and a palate which runs through cherry, briary, leaf and mint flavours, but which utterly belies its 14 degrees alcohol and, for that matter, the reputation of the vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
84
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1996 Vintage) says
Lacks ripeness and general appeal
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
85
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1995 Vintage) says
Excellent result from a difficult vintage.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90

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