Balnaves The Blend Cabernet Merlot

Balnaves The Blend 2016

Coonawarra, South Australia   |    750ml   |    14.5%

Balnaves is one of the leading wineries of South Australia's famed Coonawarra wine region. Balnaves 'The Blend' consistently delivers superb value red wine drinking however their 2016 vintage release is one out of the box.

A delicious blend of Coonawarra Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Balnaves The Blend offers loads of flavour, depth and impeccable balance. With a few years already on it, it's beginning to enter its prime drinking window and offers extraordinary value at this discounted price.

"95 Points. 60% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Changes under the bonnet have made one of Australia's best value Bordeaux blends even better with new clones of Cabernet and Merlot. Perfectly balanced and weighted, cassis, bay leaf, blackcurrant and cedary oak all playing a role."- James Halliday, Halliday Magazine March 2020.

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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.
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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 2016 was warm and mild with cool nights following Christmas – again a particularly good season for Merlot. Merlot (60%) from Avery, Silage, and Rise vineyards was combined with Cabernet Sauvignon (34%) from our new French ENTAV clones (338 + 412) Gumtree Cabernet Franc (5%) and Dunstan Petit Verdot (1%). This blend was then matured in fine grained French oak for 11 months.

Dark red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas blackberry, blueberry and anise 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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