Bendigo

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Bendigo
Latitude
Altitude
240-390m
Growing Season Rainfall
267mm
Mean January Temperature
21˚C
Harvest
Mid March to end April
Wineries
37
Website
Cracka Rating 0

About Bendigo

The vines of Bendigo are set amongst the gently rolling hills, creeks and rocky granite crests of the central Victorian ranges. Bendig has enjoyed an enduring reputation for robust, intensely flavoured red wines since the early gold rush years. Shiraz makes the region’s signature wine in a rich and muscular style with spicy sandalwood tones. Cabernet sauvignon is deep and inky with minty notes. Other reds include pinot noir, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec, mataro, sangiovese and touriga. The principle white wine is made from chardonnay. Other whites include full flavoured, aromatic styles of sauvignon blanc, riesling, semillon, viognier and traminer. The region’s main townships include Bendigo, Inglewood, Castlemain, Maldon and Dunolly. Entrepreneurial vignerons established the first vines in Bendigo to cater to prospectors flocking to the gold rush in 1856. The lust for gold or gold fever was a powerful drawcard, luring tens of thousands of diggers to the region in search of magical golden nuggets. Modern commercial viticulture was instituted in the 1970s and vineyards now span over 1,000 ha. Bendigo contains the unofficial sub regions of Granite Slopes, Loddon Valley and Golden Waters. The Loddon, Avoca and Campaspe rivers flow through the district. Bendigo enjoys the Mediterranean climate of an inland region. Summers are warm and dry, while Winters are mild and wet. Temperatures are slightly cooler in the higher foothills. Soils consist predominantly of brown sandy/clay loams, red and yellow duplex and sandy granitic gravels on higher ground. The Bendigo gold rush of the 1850s and 60s left an historic legacy that lives on in the place, people and wines of the region. The open air museum of Sovereign Hill captures a great moment in time.

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2010 Balgownie Estate Chardonnay

2010 Balgownie Estate Chardonnay

This wine is a little bit James Brown, and a little bit Anne Hathaway - funky and stylish. White stone fruits, slight florals along with some smokey, funky 'struck match' characters tempt the senses. The palate is creamy, citrusy, dry and peachy w...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
2002 Balgownie Estate Shiraz

2002 Balgownie Estate Shiraz

This wine is fully mature and ready to rock, but it's not done yet. It has spicy, savoury and earthy aromas with a good hit of mocha oak. The palate shows more preserved dark fruits, with once again those earthy and savoury characters coming throu...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
2010 Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

From a cracking Victorian vintage comes this tight, taut and terrific cab sav 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...

Cracka rating100
Region: Bendigo
2013 Bress Riesling

2013 Bress Riesling

The wine is deliberately made as a medium dry style of Riesling. It has very attractive Riesling flavours of marmalade, cinnamon spice and green skinned fruit. There is a textural mid palate richness evident in the wine due to the prolonged fermen...

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Region: Bendigo
2013 Water Wheel Memsie Homestead Shiraz

2013 Water Wheel Memsie Homestead Shiraz

Made from a blend of shiraz, malbec and cab sav, this is a bright, sweetly-fruited wine that packs a punch at the price. There's lots of ripe blackcurrants, raspberries and soft spices on the nose, whilst the palate is lush and fruity, with juicy ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
NV Balgownie Estate Premium Cuvee Brut

NV Balgownie Estate Premium Cuvee Brut

Balgownie is one of the stars of Bendigo in Victoria and this Sparkling shows how cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot grapes have given this sparkling more than your average complexity. It’s lifted with aromas of citrus and just cut apples with fres...

Cracka rating70
Region: Bendigo
2008 Sheer Drop Wines Shiraz

2008 Sheer Drop Wines Shiraz

Drawn from the fertile soils of the Bendigo gold country, this spicy cool climate red wine has oodles of rich plummy fruit and a soft palate. With no shortage of bold flavours, this is perfect for anyone looking for a flavoursome, BBQ friendly red...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
2012 Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier

2012 Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier

We felt we ‘d struck gold the first time we tried this wine from Turners Crossing, ironic considering this was the region that enjoyed a major gold rush in the 1800s. This is boutique stuff made by the skilled and lauded Sergio Carlei who brings n...

Cracka rating100
Region: Bendigo
2012 Balgownie Estate Black Label Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Balgownie Estate Black Label Sauvignon Blanc

The Balgownie vineyards were planted way back in 1969 and the cooler climate ensure wines such as Sauvignon Blanc really show their true character. The cool conditions of the vintage produced a wine that is full of lifted passionfruit and tropical...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
2014 Water Wheel Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Water Wheel Sauvignon Blanc

Bendigo is not exactly the first region we think of when we think of Sauvignon Blanc, yet this stunningly fresh Savvy from Waterwheel disproves the theory. The Waterwheel vineyards consistently produce fruit that is vibrant and makes wine that are...

Cracka rating70
Region: Bendigo
2010 Balgownie Estate Black Label Cabernet Merlot

2010 Balgownie Estate Black Label Cabernet Merlot

Balgownie wines are one of those reliable winery names you always know will over deliver on price. This Cabernet Merlot is ticking all the boxes for what we look for in the quest for drinkability, it’s balanced, soft and kicks above its weight. El...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
2012 Balgownie Estate Black Label Shiraz

2012 Balgownie Estate Black Label Shiraz

The brilliance of Balgownie bottled for you. That’s the promise with this Shiraz and we were equally bowled over by the mix of beautiful Bendigo, Yarra Valley and Victorian fruit. A small amount of Viognier was added to the blend to add an extra s...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
NV Sheer Drop Wines Faraday Frizzante Sweet White

NV Sheer Drop Wines Faraday Frizzante Sweet White

A bright and juicy white from Bendigo, this is made in a moscato style of super juicy fruit, with a light fizz (frizzante). This is so refreshing that you could drink it for breakfast. Or brunch. Or lunch. Or that challenging period after lunch be...

Cracka rating70
Region: Bendigo
2013 Water Wheel Shiraz

2013 Water Wheel Shiraz

Here's a lovely medium to fuller-bodied shiraz out of Bendigo that is a steal at the price. There's plenty of ripe berries and cherries on the nose, together with whiffs of white pepper and mocha. Meanwhile, the palate is rich and fruity, with a d...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
2010 Balgownie Estate Black Label Sparkling Shiraz

2010 Balgownie Estate Black Label Sparkling Shiraz

Australia’s love affair with sparkling reds, particularly Shiraz, is unique to the world of wine as no–one else really produces it. Strangely, it only seems to come out once a year, at Christmas time, but we feel that we should see more of this st...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
2013 Balgownie Estate Black Label Pinot Noir

2013 Balgownie Estate Black Label Pinot Noir

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 stal...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bendigo
2010 Turners Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Turners Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon

The gold rush may have been the thing that brought the crowds flocking to Bendigo, but now the crowds come flocking for the wines that are a historic part Victoria’s rich tapestry of vineyards. Acclaimed winemaker Sergio Carlei makes these impress...

Cracka rating100
Region: Bendigo
2010 Water Wheel Memsie Homestead Shiraz

2010 Water Wheel Memsie Homestead Shiraz

The 2010 Memsie Homestead Shiraz is lively ruby-red in appearance. Showing strong berry and blackcurrant aromas on the nose, with a hint of cloves. The palate has rich, raspberry fruit flavours with subdued oak. The wine is full bodied, having a s...

Cracka rating0
Region: Bendigo
2008 Turners Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Turners Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon

Real Cabernet character here with black fruits and earth, it’s complexed on the palate with structured tannins and ripe fruit.

Cracka rating100
Region: Bendigo
2013 Fairbank Rose

2013 Fairbank Rose

Everything is coming up Rose with this svelte offering from Sutton Grange wines under their Fairbank label. Bright red berried fruit adorns the nose, together with some soft spice and sniffs of herbaceousness. The palate is light and slightly spri...

Cracka rating70
Region: Bendigo