96 Points - Erin Larkin
Balnaves The Tally represents the flagship wine of this family-owned winery in the heart of the famous Coonawarra region. The 2019 Balnaves The Tally is again a wonderful example of the lofty heights Coonawarra Cabernet is capable of reaching.
Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruit. The palate is firm and full bodied, with fleshy cassis and blackberry fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins. This wine showing the structure and completeness typical of 'The Tally'. Made to cellar with confidence, decant before drinking.
“96 Points. With 3.6% petit verdot. Left 3 weeks on skins, matured for 18 months in French oak (52% new). Released as a 5yo wine, the Tally has built a reputation over the years as a Coonawarra icon. Concentrated, brooding and dense, this is firmly on the midnight spectrum: by that, I mean blackberries, licorice, mulberries, aniseed, cigar box and graphite. The tannins that shape the affair are fine and omnipresent, and they come with that extra flex of chewy salted licorice. There is so much to masticate on here as the wine lingers through the finish. It is glorious.”- Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 2023.
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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