Balnaves The Tally represents the flagship wine of this family-owned winery in the heart of the famous Coonawarra region. The 2015 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.
"97 Points. Deep, dark and foreboding in the glass, lovely colour. Aromatics of plums, mulberries, chocolate, vanilla and a bit of cedar and tobacco, there's a lot going on here. The palate is all deep, dark and not so mysterious. There's blackberry, mulberry, blackcurrant, you name a dark fruit, it's lurking here somewhere. Then there's a briary, brambly, spice aspect that adds a bit of exotica and then the tannin kicks in to make sure that the wine has true definition, purpose and a raison d'être. A big-time cabernet that doesn't pull any punches. Throw into a decanter, shake it up and give it plenty of air now or stick it away for 15 to 20 years."- Aaron Brasher, The Real Review, February 2021.
"96 Points. Includes 4.2% petit verdot, hand-picked, a long maceration on skins, matured for 18 months in 66% new (French) Chateau barriques from Sylvain and Taransaud. The highly expressive bouquet of cassis, mulberry and herbs married with oak feeds into a powerful palate where savoury tannins brook no argument about their purpose in life. They need petting and soothing for a minimum of 5 years before this comes back into the Balnaves family orbit. Drink by 2045. 14% alc."- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.
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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