Country: Australia Region: South Australia Vintage: 2011
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
"The Balnaves family vineyard is situated at the southern end of the famous Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. Planted in 1975, the vineyard is now 58 hectares in size (70% planted with Cabernet Sauvignon) and has been in the family for three generations. Doug, together with his son Pete and daughter Kirsty, run the Balnaves vineyard and manage another 300 hectares for other growers in the heart of Coonawarra.
The quality of their fruit was always excellent, but they began their move to the top of the Coonawarra ladder in 1995 when they hired Pete Bissell (ex-Wynns) as their winemaker and started work on their own winery. The vineyard is divided into small blocks of between one and two hectares, which are managed separately according to the specific needs of each area. This gives Pete numerous blending components, which results in layered and complex wines.
The Cabernet Sauvignon, intense and poised, illustrates beautifully the balance that Pete obtains in his wines. The 'Tally' (a reference to the number of sheep you could
shear in a day) is their top wine and is consistently rated as one of Australia's top
Winemaker: Peter Bissell
Since the planting of the first five hectares of vines in 1975, the Balnaves vineyards have grown steadily, and Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 70% of the planted area. The vineyard is divided into small blocks of between one and two hectares, based on depth of soil, trellis design, vine clone and row direction. The quality of wine produced from these small blocks is evaluated each year and recorded. For Balnaves, this practice proves the effect that micro-climate and geological features have on the quality of the wine produced. The soils here are the famous rust-coloured, iron rich Coonawarra ‘terra rossa’ soils.
After fermentation the wine spent 20 months in tight-grain French oak from Seguin Moreau, Taransaud, Sylvain and Berger cooperages, before bottling.
A classically elegant Coonawarra Cabernet. Blackcurrant fruit, liquorice and mineral characters are enhanced by cedary French oak. Beautifully balanced with a long, textured finish.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:14.5%