Bowen Estate

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2023 Vintage Notes
The wines of the 2023 vintage expressed great varietal definition at lower Baumé levels than usual - a viticulturist year where weather maps were continually monitored. Good winter rains saw a promising start to bud burst, with cool weather dominating a slow spring. January was traditionally warm and dry. Cool and some damp periods chaperoned the ripening period through February and March. The resulting wines are expressive and fresh at lower alcohol levels.
2023 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Chardonnay
Wine: The cooler season saw the vines produce small yields but with plenty of flavour. This wine is truly a modern Australian Chardonnay. Pale yellow with a slight green tinge of colour in the glass with a fresh, vibrant nose, balanced with judicious French oak aromas. The palate exhibits both texture and flavour balanced by the natural acidity of the wine, a true hallmark of our vineyard. A great wine to enjoy with Southern Rock lobster or your choice of seafood.
Drink: Over the next couple of years.
Food: Salads, seafood, light curries and Asian meals.
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2022 Vintage Notes
Conditions leading into the 2022 vintage where highly favourable. Good winter rains in line with our long term average placed the vines in healthy conditions leading into the summer months. Flowering towards the end of spring was quick, which is a good sign for balanced fruit production. Conditions for summer saw a slighter warmer January followed by normal weather patterns for the rest of the ripening period. Picking times where in line with long term average. Ripeness was easily achieved and the grapes were picked on 23rd March 2022. The wines produced have good bright acidity levels with optimum flavour.
2022 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Shiraz
Wine: An extremely pleasing, lifted medium weight Shiraz. On the palate this wine exhibits classic plum and ripe raspberry fruit notes that are typically Shiraz. Lovely fresh oak tannins are intrinsically woven with the fruit to seamlessly add length and breadth. A hallmark of our wine is balance and this wine shows this even in its current youth - giving great cellaring potential. A delight to drink now or put away in the cellar.
Drink: Over the next 5 – 7 years.
Food: Casseroles, tagines, white meat and soft cheeses.
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2022 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine: The year's favourable vintage conditions produced a dark and luscious fruit flavoured wine. Dense dark olive aromas guide the taster through a layered textured wine. Ripe rich plum characters are mouth filling supported by ample dark fruit characters. Layered tannin structures enhance the palate, a true classic coonawarra expression. This is a wine which will mellow wonderfully with age, for anyone who can possibly resist the temptation of drinking it now.
Drink: Over the next 5 – 7 years.
Food: Red meat, pasta dishes, blue and vintage cheeses.
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