Balgownie Estate Shiraz, Bendigo 2012 $45
A big, powerful, typical Bendigo red with savoury spice, earth, pepper and undergrowth aromas. The tannins are persuasive and the wine blossoms in the glass – and with hearty food. Great intensity, depth and persistence. It will richly reward cellaring. (14.5 per cent alcohol; screw cap) Score: 93 ★★★★½ – view on huonhooke.com
Value: Very good
Ageing: Best between two and 22 years.
Food idea: Braised steak and mushrooms.
Stockists: Hoffman Cellars, Niddrie (Vic.); Enmore Fine Wines (NSW)
Ranked #5 of 49 2012 Shiraz tasted from Central Victoria
Price Benchmark: $51.81 Avg 93pt 2012 Shiraz tasted from Australia