2015 Leogate Estate Wines The Gatecrasher Balmain Red Blend

Year: 2015
Appellation: Central Ranges
Country: Australia
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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$15 LIST PRICE, NOT HERE!!....Shiraz 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 36%, Merlot 24%

"Best Buy, Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot make up the blend of this cool climate, Victorian wine. It takes a while to open in the glass, but have patience. With time, some interesting aromas float to the fore: tree sap, graphite, black licorice, plum and cherry vanilla cola. The juicy fruit on the palate is wound by powerful, leathery tannins. This is an affordable wine in need of a slab of rare red meat. -Christina Pickard " (WE)

Winery Notes:
Since the 2013 vintage, Leogate purchased Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from a well-regarded vineyard at Gulgong in the Mudgee District. With a continuing demand for the wine styles made from these red grapes, Bill and Vicki Widin purchased this vineyard in 2016 and renamed it “Zeals Vineyard”. Zeals Vineyard has over 200 acres under vine.

The 2015 The Gatecrasher Balmain is a modern Australian blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These three grape varieties are grown on our own Certified Organic Vineyard located in the Central Ranges of NSW. The wine is rich and velvety, displaying bright red fruit flavors with lovely supple tannins to provide a fresh and long palate. The French oak characters gently sitting in the background adding complexity and length to the so and rounded finish. Medium to full bodied. A very versatile wine which is suited to many types of cuisine including Asian food, red meats, game and cheese. Excellent drinking now or will further develop with careful cellaring up to 5 years.