2008 Balgownie Cabernet Sauvignon Bendigo Victoria (Elsewhere $25)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet colored, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon gives pronounced aromas of freshly crushed cassis and blackberries, pencil lead, cloves and cigar boxes plus a whiff of menthol. The full bodied palate demonstrated commendable structure with a high level of acid and firm, ripe, fine-grained tannins. There are plenty of classic, ripe Cabernet flavors in the mouth and throughout the long finish. Delicious now, it should continue to cellar and evolve gracefully through 2020+. (92+)
*Editors' Choice* The Bendigo region of Victoria isn’t very well known, but Balgownie does good work there with Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2008 displays aromas of mint, cassis and smoke alongside fully ripe flavors of cassis and chocolate. The tannins are firm and a bit drying on the finish, but the chocolaty richness of the fruit shows through. Drink 2013–2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pungent aromas of redcurrant, cherry, cocoa powder, clove and tobacco. Silky on entry, then vibrant and focused in the middle, with strong, almost lively acidity energizing the red berry flavors, and suave florality providing lift. A juicy and penetrating style, with very good finishing clarity and length.
Taut, with a lively acid balance to the juicy red berry and herb flavors, lingering easily. Best from 2012 through 2015. (Web-2011)