2009 Balgownie Estate Shiraz
Bendigo, Victoria Australia
Juicy dark purple fruits come right through and hold on together with bursts of some other intense dark flavors, perhaps espresso or bittersweet chocolate, good acidity and great taste bud satisfaction. Really enjoyed it with brussel sprout, proscuitto, and parmesan flatbreads, and also plays really well with cassoulet, lamb, and sausages.
91+ WA; 90 ST
$18.89 as part of a mixed case.
"The 2009 Balgownie Shiraz shows vibrant berry fruit aromas and a subtle use of oak. The palate exhibits rich blackberry, licorice and splashes of red fruit enlivened with hints of spice, fine tannins and a long finish. The wine is medium-bodied, concentrated, yet elegant with a velvety texture and fine lingering tannins. While approachable in its youth, it can be cellared over the medium to long term."
"91+ pts ... Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 Shiraz is profoundly scented of black currant, blackberry preserves and blueberry compote with an undercurrent of coffee, licorice,smoked bacon, fertile loam and tar. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm level of chewy tannins and well balanced, refreshing acid cutting through the generous black berry and savory flavor layers, finishing long. Consider drinking it 2013 to 2020+."
"90 pts ... Glass-staining ruby. Lively aromas of dark berries, minerals, potpourri and spicecake. Supple and spicy on the palate, with notable intensity to its black raspberry and violet pastille flavors. Finishes sappy, floral and long, leaving spice and dark fruit notes behind."
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