Country: Australia Region: South Australia, Coonawarra
Varietal: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
Vintage: 2008 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Balnaves, Pete Bissell
Among his many pursuits, Doug Balnaves was a shearer of Merino sheep. A shearer in Australia is paid by the number of sheep he shears. Counted every two hour period, the Tally is recorded in the Tally book. The higher the Tally, the greater the recognition among his peers for skill and hard work. As an expression of this tradition, the Balnaves family see the wine ‘The Tally‘ as the ultimate achievement for their company. This will age handsomely, Pete Bissell has created a wine that will stay the course. Again a match for the finest Bordeaux.
The nose is lifted with perfumed red berries, violets and wild blackberry fruit coming from the Petit Verdot. The palate is medium bodied and restrained in style with tight dense fruit and a modulated structure showing balance and depth of fruit, flowing onto a long finish of chewy tannins. This is a compact but deeply flavoured.
Ageing Potential: 10+ years ABV: 14.5%
Food Matches: Fillet Steak, Hard mature cheese, Rib-Eye Steak, Roasts