Bowen Estate
COONAWARRA


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2017 Vintage Notes
The 2017 growing season got off to a great start with a good bud burst followed by healthy flowering and fruit set, with promising yields. Vintage conditions could be described as trying with intermittent rain bursts from verasion on. The open canopies of our arch cane pruned vines helped to deter disease. Ripening was slow and picking around the weather conditions was one of the keys to the 2017 vintage.

2017 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Chardonnay
Wine: This wine looked very promising from the moment it finished fermenting and showed very fragrant apple and pear characters from the beginning. One of the most alluring properties of this wine is the fine crisp acid balance, again evident from day one. Barrel fermentation in new French oak barriques has lengthened the palate to enhance the fruit characters and ensures the wine is enthralling from beginning to end.
 
Drink: Drink now or over the next 2 years.
 
Food: Salads, seafood, light curries and Asian meals.
 
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2015 Vintage Notes
The growing season started with great early winter rains. Following an even budburst flowering continued with a warm Spring and little wind; great conditions for berry set. Summer weather was ideal for verasion through to ripening with warm days and cool nights excellent for flavour ripeness and acid balance. Crop levels were moderate with small berry size.

2015 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Shiraz
Wine: A fabulous run of vintages in Coonawarra including the 2015. This wine gleams brilliant dark purple in the glass as an example of an exceptional vintage. Our Ampelon heritage clone vineyards are now truly shining. Richness of classic Shiraz characters are complimented by fresh elegant American oak flavour on the nose. The rich fruit characters are again evident on the palate and leave your mouth singing with bright seductive fruit flavours well balanced with fine long classic coonawarra tannins. This is a beautiful wine to drink now, but will evolve into a little beauty with age.
 
Drink: Over the next 5-7 years.
 
Food: Casseroles, tagines, white meat and soft cheeses.
 
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2016 Vintage Notes
The 2016 growing season was very dry, with below average winter rains. A warm October advanced the season through to harvest by two weeks. Good flower set in November resulted in slightly above average yields and the mild days and cool nights in February and March extended the ripening period producing well balanced fruit across all varieties. Despite the early season the fruit developed full palate depth, lovely tannins, complex fruit characters and excellent colour. Another very good vintage from Bowen Estate.

2016 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Shiraz
Wine: A lovely dark purple density of colour alludes to the depth of flavour of this wine. The fabulous vintage conditions amplified the rich plum fruit characters which our Shiraz vines produce. As ever with strong Coonawarra vintages the layers of flavour on the palate are endless. Fine tannins are melded with great Shiraz fruit characters giving palate depth and balance. A wine to drink now and into the future.
 
Drink: Over the next 5-7 years.
 
Food: Casseroles, tagines, white meat and soft cheeses.
 
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2016 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine: The ideal vintage conditions set this wine up from its inception to achieve high standards. All the classic Coonawarra hallmarks are evident in the wine and ensure absolute pleasure on consumption. On the nose lovely dark berry characters are finely integrated with the subtle French oak nuances. The Coonawarra hallmarks continue through to the palate with long fine tannins giving structure to the wine and supporting beautifully balanced fruit flavours entwined with lively spice structure. A fine wine for any cellar.
 
Drink: Over the next 5-7 years.
 
Food: Red meat, pasta dishes, blue and vintage cheeses.
 
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