Ballandean Estate’s signature red wine is only produced in spectacular Granite Belt vintages. Our 2014 Generation 3 is an iconic single vineyard wine worthy of all accolades. Enjoy the ripe berry bouquet, cabernet herbaceousness, fresh French oak integration and dry supple tannins. Generation 3 is a tribute to Ballandean Estate founders Angelo and Mary Puglisi, pioneers of the Qld Wine Industry. Prior Vintages: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2014
The fruit was handpicked in April 2014. We look for the quality of fruit concentrations, big ripe tannins, high Baume warm days, rainfall at right time and a dry ripening season. In years felt to be of those standard all the Shiraz and Cabernet barrels are tasted and just six are picked for the Gen 3 blend, from which we make 180 to 200 cases. The ratio of varieties is dictated only by the need to produce the best blend that we can out of them. The wine then matures in 100% new reserve French oak barrels, minimally filtered and unfined. Time is the only way to soften the tannins and release the full expression of the wine.
DRINK WITH …
Meat-driven ragu pastas, your favourite steak and rich beef dishes
Shiraz 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Ballandean Estate fruit
Colour Medium purple, high density
Nose Ripe berry bouquet
Palate Medium body & tannins, dry berry palate
Cellaring potential 5–10 years is recommended. Tannins will continue to smooth, fruit will express further and oak integration will enhance the development of this outstanding vintage..
Winemaker Dylan Rhymer
Viticulturist Angelo Puglisi
The combination of cool weather and decomposed granite soils produces outstanding Shiraz and Cabernet fruit on the Granite Belt. Angelo Puglisi recognised this potential and planted the Opera Block Shiraz and Cabernet vines in 1968 and 1975, which have been lovingly nurtured for many years to produce fruit of intense flavour. Our cool nights are excellent for acidity.