Bowen Estate are a very good producer from Coonawarra and one of my regular buys. That this wine is drinking very well at 25 years of age, says much about both Bowen Estate and the capability of the Coonawarra region with the cabernet sauvignon grape. It’s not a particularly expensive wine either mostly to be found in the $20s. And also unlike some vintages from the region, it checks in at only 12.5% abv.
Garnet in colour, the 1989 vintage has aromatics of blackcurrant, old leather, plum, savoury cherry and old cedar. On the palate, there’s nuanced flavours of blackcurrant, dried tea leaf and cedar, and a core of acidity. While tiring a little now, overall, this is a complex and balanced offering, with great length on the finish, and rewards my faith in this estate.