Balnaves The Blend Cabernet Merlot

Balnaves The Blend 2015

Coonawarra, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%
Balnaves is a small family owned wine company in the heart of the famous Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. Since the planting of the first 5 hectares of vines in 1976, the vineyard has grown steadily and now covers a total of 56 hectares of Coonawarra Terra Rossa soil. The team at Balnaves always produce a great value drinking red with 'The Blend' and the 2015 vintage is another ripper.

"94 Points. 60% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon component comes from new Entav clones 338 and 412, which have the same potential as the new Merlot clones. The components were separately vinified and blended, before 14 months' maturation in fine French oak. Balnaves has made this Bordeaux blend its own, defiantly thumbing its nose at Margaret River. It’s on the light side of medium-bodied, but ticks all fruit boxes from blue and black, moving on to its supple mouthfeel ex fine tannins and oak. Drink to 2027."- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

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$19.90
Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
Balnaves is a family owned wine company in the heart of the famous Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. Since the planting of the first 5 hectares of vines in 1976, the vineyard has grown steadily and now covers a total of 56 hectares of Coonawarra Terra Rossa soil. The principal variety planted is Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for 70% of the area whilst the addition of Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay make up the total vineyard area of 58 hectares.

The vineyard is divided into small blocks of between one and two hectares, which take into account 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. This practice proves the validity of the French concept of "terrior" or the effect that microclimate; geological features and other factors have on the quality of the wine produced. Such effects are clearly seen in the small Balnaves vineyard at Coonawarra.
6
South Australia
Coonawarra
750
14.5
The Balnaves Coonawarra Vineyard was established in 1975 and is situated at the southern end of the Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. The family, which has been associated with the district since 1855, remains fully committed to a high level of ‘hands-on’ involvement.

Vintage 2015 was warm and mild with cool nights. Merlot (60%) from Avery, Silage, and Rise vineyards was combined with Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) from our new French ENTAV clones (338 + 412) Gumtree Cabernet Franc (5%) and Dunstan Petit Verdot (2%). This blend was then matured in fine grained French oak for 14 months.

Dark red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of wild anise and liquorice combined with delicate smoky-coffee French oak. The palate is medium bodied with a soft round Merlot mouth-feel and black fruit flavours, with a touch of liquorice and blueberry. This wine will reward careful cellaring, and we recommend decanting before drinking.

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