Balnaves is one of the leading wineries of South Australia's famed Coonawarra wine region, with 'The Blend' consistently delivering superb value red wine drinking. A delicious blend of Coonawarra Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2018 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.
Review of the 2017 vintage below;
"93 Points. Merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot. Classic stuff from great Balnaves mob. What a brilliant wine this is - such ease and charm. Whiffs of blueberry, green herbs, eucalyptus, white pepper. Medium bodied at perfect level, cassis and dark berry flavours, eucalyptus and pepper again, lithe and fine tannins, excellent length and a general sense of succulence. Really punches above its weight. So lovely! What easy charm! Insane value. Tasted: 20 Sept. 13.5% alc $20.00 Screwcap. Drink: 2020 - 2028"- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
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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