Sunday, April 5, 2015

Bimbadgen 2013 Estate Shiraz


From the deep dark recesses of my memory I reckon Bimbadgen vines were planted in the late 1960s or very early '70s by a family that were either McDougall or McPherson. Then Kevin Sobel had it for awhile as he moved from the Upper to Lower Hunter. I recall him showing me around the winery which was still an unfinished project. His label was very "Cloudy Bayish" but justified by a stunning view over the ranges.
Next it became Bimbadgen and they've produced some fine wines over the years as well as developing an outdoor music venue, wedding facilities and one of the best restaurants I've ever experienced, Esca.

I had the opportunity to taste 8 Bimbadgen wines at a
recent Trade Day and this shiraz was the standout. It's an unmistakeably Hunter red that doesn't try to be a SA blockbuster. In value for money terms I rated it higher than their "Signature" Shiraz.

Bimbadgen Tasting Notes
"Grown: From Bimbadgens own McDonalds Rd and Palmers Lane vineyards, Hunter Valley.
Picked: Picked at night between 1st February and 18th February.
Made: Crushed and destemmed into a mixture of fermenter sizes and left to cold soak for 2 days to assist in colour extraction. Some open and closed fermenters were used. Inoculation with a selected yeast strain to carry out the fermentation which peaked at 32 degrees C. The ferment was worked over twice daily gently with pulses of air to encourage gentle tannin extraction before being pressed off skins and transferred to oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation. Maturation in French oak barrels, some barriques and puncheons for 10 months before blending and bottling.
Bottled: 22nd October, 2014.
Analysis: pH: 3.49 TA; 66.4g/l Alc: 13.4 % Appearance: Dark Red
Aroma: Ripe aromas of dark plums and cherries, with subtle spice and hints of vanilla oak.
Palate: The palate is full of bright raspberry and black berries, with touches of black pepper and subtle oak. A firm yet elegant tannin structure allows this wine to be enjoyed now, or cellared with confidence for five to ten years. "

Cellar Door: $28
Our Price: $18 per bottle  by the dozen

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