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.
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)