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Balgownie Estate Black Label Pinot Noir

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Balgownie are one of Bendigo’s finest producers and here they turn their hand at Pinot from the Yarra and impressive it is too. We love that seductive aroma that only Pinot can give off, it’s earthy and spiked with cherries, a little plum and stalky earthiness. It’s a silky, light bodied red with superb concentration and balance, ending with a fine tannin framework. This would go really well with a wild mushroom ragu or with some aged parmesan.

Winemaker's Notes

Classical aromas of ripe cherries, plums and strawberries with hints of spicy oak lift from the glass. The beautiful fruit characters are expressed in a delicate and textural form of elegant complexity. Light to medium bodied the palate is velvety and rich and finishes with lovely fine tannins.

Food Pairing: Smoked Salmon or Trout

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Balgownie Estate Black Label Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2014
Australian Wine Companion 2012
91
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Smells of fruit pastilles and is fleshy in the mouth, with dense, vibrant, sweet varietal fruit. Green on the finish.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A simple and straight-shooting pinot from the Yarra showing lighter red-fruit characters - strawberries and red cherries - some briary, crunchy fruits and an earthy edge. The palate rolls through on simple, soft and fluffy tannins - well finished and nicely balanced. Drink young.
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The Good Wine Guide
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Nice bright colour; fine and fragrant aromas, with red berry fruits supported by a delicate hint of spice; the palate is firmer than expected, and just a little firm on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Spice, forest floor, stem and dark fruits in a light-bodied frame; not forced, and well-balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Good colour; powerful plummy fruit, but even more powerful tannins; patience may or may not reward.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Concentrated, complex and powerful; savoury, spicy edges to rich plum fruit; good texture and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very good colour, still purple-red; firm and fresh, slightly hard, low pH style; may or may not evolve, but does need time.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; surprisingly positive varietal aromas involving a mix of plum (chiefly) and sappy (less), plus oak. The palate has strong flavour and good length, but is slightly hard in the mouth, needing time to soften. A surprise packet, although the Pinot Noir has always been there in the vineyard.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
87

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