|A vineyard of some historical import, Bernoota is the original block, planted to the Follett family homestead along the banks of River Bremer, two decades before federation. A splendid construct of Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet, selected from old vines around the distinguished Follett family vineyard, perennially released to resounding accolades. Lake Breeze»|
|Meshach William Burge 1843-1942, was Grant's great grandfather, a central figure in establishing the Burge vineyards and estate. He was eleven years of age when his family moved from Wiltshire to the Barossa, where he toiled to develop what has grown into a thriving viticultural, wheat and sheep property near Lyndoch. Grant Burge»|
|When Johann Gramp planted his vines along the banks of Jacob's Creek in 1847, he was less preoccupied with the making of history but more concerned with the selection of rootstock and fruit, his choice was Shiraz. Jacobs Creek still retain access to some of the oldest vines in Australia and can call on harvests of the finest Barossa Shiraz every year. Jacobs Creek»|
|There's a single block of Montepulciano along Bird In Hand Road at Woodside in the northern Adelaide Hills, a warmer site with rocky, well drained soils, perfectly suited for Italians. The seaside influence of Gulf of St. Bird In Hand»|
|Richard Bailey planted one of the first Glenrowan vineyards in the 1860s. The Bailey estate survived the downturn of the Victorian gold rush, the ravages of phylloxera and excesses of the Kelly gang, it endures to this day, producing some of the nation's most intensely flavoured and historically significant wine. Baileys Glenrowan»|
|Langtons Excellent Classification. From ancient vines planted in the 1890s, Elderton Command has established an enviable reputation since inaugural vintage, one of Australia's most eminent icon wines. Elderton»|
|Named for the Chapel district of Lenton in Nottingham, Brae is Scottish for a small hill, which is what the Lenton Brae vineyard is situated on. Fortuitously placed within the very epicenter for superior Margaret River Cabernet, the site was planted after advisement from the proprietors of nearby Moss Wood, with which it shares a similar terroir and microclime. Lenton Brae»|
|Galli Estate produce a variety of quality wines from fruit grown on their vineyards at Sunbury and Heathcote. Galli Estate have been very well received by reviewers, and have been recognised for quality at competitions, already receiving Gold for their Pinot Grigio, a varietal that the winemaking team find very exciting. Galli Estate»|
|Given the scarcity of Best's prestige, limited release, old vineyard icons, Bin #1 affords enthusiasts their first taste of the Great Western Shiraz style and leaves them eager to discover more. A classic, cool climate, aromatic wine, floral and spicy, peppery and elegant, retaining vital Great Western fruit character. Bests»|
|One of the new world's most exclusive, ancient vineyard wines, awaited annually by the most discerning Shiraz enthusiasts around the globe. Only ever bottled in the finest vintages, fruit is sourced from the superior Ahrens Vineyard at Lyndoch and the historic Moorooroo site at Jacobs Creek, which for more than 120 years, ended up with Orlando. Schild Estate»|
|Willow Creek has quickly gained a reputation as one of the leading Mornington wineries, producing ultra fine Pinot Noir. From the first multiple trophy winning 1994 edition it was clear that Willow Creek was an exceptional site yielding superlative fruit. Willow Creek»|
|From one of the oldest productive blocks of Marsanne in the world, an opulent white wine of remarkable complexity. The pick of fruit from this very special patch of ancient vines is crafted into a wine that's built to age beautifully in bottle, initially brooding and water white, evolving luxurious caramelled characters while unravelling layers of flavour. Tahbilk»|
Balgownie Estate is one of Australia's great small vineyards located near the historic gold mining town of Bendigo in central Victoria, just 150km northwest of Melbourne
Here, on the rich soils of Maiden Gully, the well-known and highly regarded winemaker Stuart Anderson established the vineyards and winery in 1969. In 1999 Balgownie Estate was purchased by the Forrester family, passionate wine lovers with a determination to build on the Estate's illustrious history. Today, the Bendigo vineyard has expanded to thirty hectares with plantings of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, pinot noir, and chardonnay as well as smaller quantities of merlot cabernet franc, sangiovese and viognier.
The Estate Shiraz and Estate Cabernet Sauvignon have long stood the test of time and are again regarded as benchmarks for regionally distinctive, red wine styles in Central Victoria. Two other Estate wines are produced, a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These come from very small vineyard parcels and produced in very limited quantities.
The Estate's Chardonnay shows the white peach and nectarine flavours typical of Yarra Valley chardonnay. The palate is intensely flavoured but taught and balanced. This wine is made with no malolactic fermentation in order to retain natural acidity and freshness, a wine that can be enjoyed immediately.
"Regional powerhouse Balgownie specializes in a long-lived shiraz and cabernet! -Winestate
The Pinot Noir reflects a fine and balanced expression of the variety, winemaking artifice has been kept to a minimum allowing the fruit to shine, added fruit from the Yarra Junction sub-region of the Yarra Valley brings delicacy and balance. The nose shows bright cherry and red plum fruit with hints of undergrowth, the palate is intense and layered but not heavy. The interest in Balgownie's White label Cabernet Sauvignon shows no signs of waning, it shows richness and accessibility, and like all Balgownie Estate Cabernets it will reward those with the patience to cellar it for many years.
"This winery was one of the pioneers of commercial winemaking in the Bendigo region, first planting vines in 1969. Now under new ownership, it continues to make massive strides, as underlined by this classic cabernet with its blackcurrant and tobacco leaf bouquet and intense blackcurrant and cedar flavours. Tremendous structure and complexity make this a wine for cellaring". -Winsor Dobbin
Balgownie are fortunate to have a collection of museum wines that covers a large part of Balgownie Estate's history. Starting with a few bottles of some very rare vintages from founder Stuart Anderson's day, right through to the wines of our current winemaker Tobias Ansted. To celebrate this history, the Estate runs a series of back vintages dinners to showcase these precious wines and to share the experience with wine lovers.
Balgownie Estate is proud of its continued and ever growing reputation for fine, award-winning wines. The Balgownie Winery restaurant prides itself on the quality and creativity of its food. The chefs select only the freshest and best local produce to skillfully prepare menus that can truly be thought of as Australian. Influenced by French, Italian and Asian cuisines, dining at Balgownie is exceptional, simple yet elegant dishes to tempt the taste buds. There are some sixty elegant and spacious suites at Balgownie Vineyard Retreat and Spa. All have impressive views across the picturesque Yarra Valley to be enjoyed while sipping a glass of Balgownie wine from the balcony, within comfortable living areas or even from a spa bath. Each suite features a full size spa bath in which to luxuriate.