Bowen Estate
COONAWARRA


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2019 Vintage Notes
The picking of the 2019 grapes was in timing with the long term average. Our Chardonnay was picked on the 7th March 2019 and the red grapes were picked between 1st and 19th April. Leading into vintage the ideal diurnal temperature conditions nurtured full flavour development, optimum sugar levels and strong natural acidity levels. Whilst we did experience some warmth during the growing season, the healthy vine canopies coped well, aided by monitored applications of water and the prevailing Southern Ocean breezes. We are very excited about the quality of wine produces from the 2019 vintage growing season.

2019 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Chardonnay
Wine: This wine shows lots of style with its attractive grapefruit and melon characteristics on the nose. From the day we picked the wine the natural acidity led us to believe in this wine's great balance and mouthfeel. Subtle, fine integration of barrel influence not only gives finesse to the wine but adds a layer of complexity. The fine balance between the fruit, minerality and oak characters delivers freshness and intrigue.
 
Drink: Drink now over the next 2 years.
 
Food: Salads, seafood, light curries and Asian meals.
 
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2019 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine: An aromatic ripe nose immediately grabs your attention. The core of this wine is the appealing blackcurrant fruit and violet notes. The generosity of these characters belies the medium bodied wine structure on the palate. The finely intertwined tannins are a hallmark not only of classic coonawarra but Bowen Estate's winemaking philosophy. The 2019 is a very polished wine opening with immediate appeal as well as excellent cellaring potential from an outstanding vintage.
 
Drink: Over the next 5-7 years.
 
Food: Red meat, pasta dishes, blue and vintage cheeses.
 
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2019 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Shiraz
Wine: Bright ruby jewel colours entice the drinker. Juicy grape-plum characters enhance the aroma, enticing the drinker with beguiling fruit characters that leap out of the glass. The sweet supple well-rounded palate is an excellent example of our Shiraz from a fine vintage. This wine is an excellent representation of our style; rich fruit characters balanced well with supportive tannins ensuring the wine is very easily drunk whilst young but still one for the cellar.
 
Drink: Over the next 5-7 years.
 
Food: Casseroles, tagines, white meat and soft cheeses.
 
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2018 Vintage Notes
The growing season leading into vintage 2018 saw good rain events but a few late frosts reduced the yield over a small area of our vineyard. However, this was compensated by a very healthy fruit set across the balance of our vineyard. January onwards we experienced great weather conditions through to picking. Ideal day time temperatures for ripening, and slightly warmer than normal nights, with only one period of refreshing rain. A warm first week of March with day time temperatures up to 33C hastened ripening especially for the early ripening variety Shiraz blocks. All the portents and excitement of the excellent quality of the 2018 grapes and wine.

2018 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Shiraz
Wine: The alluring 'fruit cake' juiciness of Shiraz is ever present in this wine. Our many years of selective vineyard replanting are coming to fruition. It aids this wine helping with extra depth and structure on the palate complimenting the luscious round fruit flavours naturally abundant in Shiraz. The meshing together of the focused American oak tannins, support the abundant layers of dark fruit and chocolate flavours on the palate.
 
Drink: Over the next 5-7 years.
 
Food: Casseroles, tagines, white meat and soft cheeses.
 
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