If you enjoy a complex Chardonnay, perhaps stretching your interest a little further and indulging in a Viognier may be worth the adventure. This example from Balgownie Estate is a great wine to start your exploration.
I tasted this beside the 2008 - what a treat it was to receive a sample of each and witness firsthand the start of the journey and to see where things are headed. This is a keeper. Be patient and you'll be rewarded.
Low cropping levels enabled the Merlot and Cabernet Franc to be co-fermented. I'm reliably informed by winemaker Tony Winspear that the usual difference in harvest is two weeks. A dry and tannic wine from Balgownie's Bendigo vineyards.
Pop Balgownie Estate on your list of wineries to check out. With a foot rarely put wrong, winemaker Tony Winspear is making some smart wines from their Bendigo vineyards. This Cabernet is another winner in the range.
I was saddened to hear that fire ripped through the kitchen at Balgownie's Yarra Valley Estate a few days ago. Thankfully no one was injured but there was severe damage through the building. All this when the hospitality industry is already struggling in these Covid times.
This Viognier comes from Balgownie Estate's Bendigo vineyards and is their first release of the variety since 2010.