2005 Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Bendigo

($25) Dark red. Textbook cabernet aromas of redcurrant, cherry, cedar, tobacco and fresh rose. Tangy red fruit flavors display impressive depth and are enlivened by zesty minerality. Crisp and focused on the long, spicy finish, which features gentle, harmonious tannins. I like the understated style here.


2005 Balgownie Estate Shiraz Bendigo

($25) Ruby-red. Intensely perfumed nose features vibrant raspberry and kirsch scents underscored by fresh floral and mineral accents. Silky, seductively sweet red berry flavors are framed and lifted by zesty acidity, with slow-building, fine-grained tannins on the finish. A very graceful example of shiraz, with outstanding precision and depth of sweet fruit. (Old Bridge Cellars, Napa, CA)

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