Easing back in with three bold Balgownie Shiraz
Blend of Heathcote and Bendigo fruit with a dash of Viognier.
Lovely mix of savoury dark purple fruits, powdery chocolate oak, a little meaty sausage spiciness and soft, fine tannins. Only medium bodied, but balances out nicely, if perhaps a little confected. Only needs a little more concentration to nudge it up with the Centre Block though. Drink: 2015-2023. 17.5/20, 91/100+. 14.5% alc. $25.
Balgownie Estate Centre Block Shiraz 2013
A newish release off a block planted in 1969. Hand picked and fermented in small vats. 30% new oak for 18 months.
Black fruit and lots of concentration -it’s a really big black wine, the oak folding into the black fruit and oak. Superb concentration and impact, if just a little scorched around the edges. Black ink and cocoa powder in a style that is perhaps a little too boozy and warm but has no shortage of concentration. Much to grab hold of. Drink: 2015-2025. 17.7/20, 92/100. 15% alc. $35
Balgownie Estate Shiraz 2012
Purple maroon. Squishy berries, a little haunch and some deep blackness. Seriously rich and dense nose. Powerful palate takes that meaty, purple berry fruit, a streak of vanilla oak and then soft, lingering tannins. Love the purple berry pepper, the warmth the only full stop. Finishes savoury, long and black fruited – a genuinely delicious wine and everything in its right place. Perhaps a little simple is my only niggle. Sure to get better in time though. Drink:2016-2030. 18.2/20, 93/100. 14.5% alc. $45
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You have commented on the alc warmth in both the Centre Block and Estate shiraz which are 2013 and 2012 respectively.
Yet the 2012 Cabernet you reviewed several months ago from the same vineyard, while at similar alc levels received no mention by you of alc warmth.
I find this interesting. What element of the Cabernet gives it the ability to carry the alc so, what appears, effortlessly?