The Bendigo Benchmark

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Continuing our lock-down wine reviews, in this column we are giving our review of Balgownie Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. More precisely, we are reviewing the 2016 Bendigo Cabernet Sauvignon; a reasonably priced wine that has maintained its quality across multiple vintages.

The colour is very nice; the typical red-orange-brown of Cabernet Sauvignon, with this example being more towards the red-orange part of the spectrum. The nose is medium strength but very typical of good Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.

In terms of flavours, this is nicely tannic, with the leafiness which makes the variety quite obvious. The fruit is a bit lacking and although there are some nice levels of flavour, the complexity is not as noticeable as some of their more expensive offerings.

Overall, we think this is a solid example of the variety but not the best we have tried and although very good value for money, on this front too we have found better examples in other parts of Australia.

Our score: 90/100.

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