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 Tally represents the flagship wine of Balnaves and the 2012 vintage 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. Hits up immediately with flavour. A luscious gravity. For all the fruit, there is tannin, a spread of it, a curling wave. Seductive and impressive at once. Rich with blackcurrant and dark chocolate. Outstanding. 14.5% alc." - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
"96 Points. This is top of the wazza from Balnaves, though I still don't understand why it's sealed under cork. Oh well, the wine opened fine and is seriously good. From a very good vintage and showing all the concentration and power you expect from the best Coonawarra seasons. Loads of blackcurrant, liquorice and blackberry. Tannins are firm and the oak, though substantial, is not overplayed. It's a wine for longer-term cellaring. Lovely long, dry finish."- Ray Jordan, The West Australian.
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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