This comes from the Burnside vineyard which is synonymous with wines of silky texture and power. This wonderful expression captures it perfectly. It’s 50 per cent new oak. Gets stirring until July and is on lees until December. There is richness and concentration which stamps this vineyard. A little cutting grapefruit and edgy mineral makes it so good. Very long in the mouth. Such a good wine.
Mighty complex wine and it’s not hard to understand why when you find it gets 30 per cent new French oak after the five separate pickings over a number if weeks to achieve the optimum ripeness and fruit flavours. It’s creamy and textured with dense stone fruit and cream with a peachy character. It is all natural fermented that gets pressed directly to oak. Very complete and intensely flavoured mouth feel. Has slightly savory smoky bacon character on the palate. The acid is crisp and there is impressive length.
Another exquisite pinot noir from Bowen. Exotic spicy notes over the sour cherry aromas with raspberry confectionary characters. The palate is still tight with a firm spine of fine tannins and a cloak of oak holding a precise line. Sweet fruits balanced with subtle foresty savoury characters. Excellent medium body intensity and perfectly balanced.
This is from a number of vineyards including some very old ones – about 70 years. Okay, it has a reasonable amount of alcohol yet the fruity balanced, isn’t hot and shows beautiful varietal perfumed characters. Gets 30 per cent new American oak with the rest older French. Bowen thought that it needed some coconut American oak when he saw it fermented. It works for me. Has a slightly chalky character. Has some chewy tannin influences.
Such a refined and stylish cabernet from Mount Barker. IT shows the suppleness of fruit from this region yet there is power and fruit concentration supported by firmish tannins and plenty of oak. The tannins have a decent grip in them. Quite a dry finish with that wet cement character you sometimes get in cabernet. Built with some extended cellaring in mind yet it is easily drinkable now.
Robert Bowen Margaret River chardonnay 2014 ($60)
Another outstanding chardonnay from Rob Bowen. This guy really does know how to make some serious chardonnays. He gets the fruit from Margaret River and has crafted a brilliantly fine and precise wine with so much intensity and concentrated depth all delivered with a sense of poise and refinement. Very long palate with that lick of acid and citrusy grapefruit on the finish a feature.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 7 years
Robert Bowen Pemberton pinot noir 2014 ($45)
Best of the West 2016 – pinot noir
Bowen has been sourcing some mighty good pinot noir from Pemberton for these wines and this one is a beauty. Seductive aromas of cherry and smoky oak. The palate is medium to light bodied but there’s power and structure in here that delivers with a perfectly seamless expression. Chalky tannins and a linear acidity put the finishing touches to a super wine.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 9 years
Robert Bowen cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($50)
Really liked this wine when tasted last year. It’s still so young with many years ahead of it. Bowen gets this stunning cabernet from Margaret River. An elegant and so refined statement of Margaret River with the clever use of oak and tannin management creating the framework to support the exceptional fruit through to a very long finish. Aromas of cigar box and subtle bay leaf with black fruits dominant. Integrated and supremely balanced. This is a quality performance.
SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 20 years
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