2008 Balgownie Shiraz Bendigo Victoria (Elsewhere $25)
Classic Bendigo, classic Balgownie Estate; perfectly modulated blackberry, licorice and spice varietal fruit, French oak balanced and integrated; medium-bodied, with very good texture and structure.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet colored with a purple tinge to the rim, the 2008 Shiraz offers notes of ripe blackberries and mulberries with supporting notes of black pepper, star anise, tar and a whiff of eucalypt. Full bodied with ample fruit and black pepper laced flesh, it has a firm grip of tight-knit, grainy tannins and medium-high acid. It finishes long and savory. Approachable now, it should soften with another year in bottle and drink though 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant and cherry, with complicating notes of rose, spicecake and smoky minerals. Taut and energetic, offering sappy red and dark fruit flavors and a sexy violet pastille quality. Silky tannins add shape to the spicy, penetrating, very long finish. Balanced and elegant for Aussie shiraz, as usual.
*Editors' Choice* Full bodied and richly textured, this is a lush, velvety Shiraz that nevertheless seems to possess enough structure to age successfully. Cassis, molasses and vanilla all play roles in the aroma and flavor profiles, while a mocha note chimes in on the long finish. Drink now-2025.
Firm in texture, with black cherry, tobacco and herb flavors in a narrow bead, poking through the fine tannins on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2016. (Web-2011)