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Bowen Estate Shiraz 2012

One of the Coonawarra's most compelling cases for Shiraz, Bowen Estate's meritorious achievements really do begin in the vineyard. The fruit of intensive viticultural management and judicious selection, it is ultimately the quality of grapes extracted from the vine which dictates the splendour in this cardinal construct of Coonawarra Shiraz.

Bowen hold a very strong belief in an old fashioned hand pruning of vines. Such care improves evenness of budburst, bunch exposure and ripeness, for restricted yields of the most intensely flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon. It is this special quality of fruit which translates into benchmark Coonawarra efforts. Shiraz grapes are harvested, crushed and vinified on skins for five days. A third of the fruit is barrel fermented in new wood each year. Batches are monitored through to completion of malolactic, racked off settled lees solids and matured twenty months in a selection of 225 litres American oak barriques

The opulent nature of Bowen Shiraz is evident from the moment it's poured into your glass. A bouquet rich in plum fruit characters and spicy oak overtones which add to the complexity. Ripe and generous well rounded palate is enhanced by elegant and finely balanced Coonawarra tannins supported by spicy American oak. Drinking well now, the depth of structure will continue to evolve. Serve with casseroles, tagines and tomato meat pasta recipes.