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 2015 was warm and mild with cool nights. Merlot (60%) from Avery, Silage, and Rise vineyards was combined with Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) from our new French ENTAV clones (338 + 412) Gumtree Cabernet Franc (5%) and Dunstan Petit Verdot (2%). This blend was then matured in fine grained French oak for 14 months.
Dark red in color, the nose is intense with aromas of wild anise and licorice combined with delicate smoky-coffee French oak. The palate is medium bodied with a soft round Merlot mouth-feel and black fruit flavors, with a touch of licorice and blueberry. This wine will reward careful cellaring, and we recommend decanting before drinking.
TOTAL ACID 6.25 g/L
Wine Advocate – “Predominantly Merlot (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (33%), with bits of Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (2%), Balnaves’ 2015 The Blend is a full-bodied, rich, ripe, almost lusty red. Subtle notes of menthol and oak spice mark the nose, while the palate is open yet structured and firm, with a juicy, mouthwatering finish of cassis, cinnamon and clove.” (91 Pts)
James Suckling – “Very good-value red with an exuberant array of fresh berries and knockabout tannins. Always reliable, this wine. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Drink now.” (91 Pts)