Balnaves Wine Coonawarra
The winning combination of Doug Balnaves fruit and Peter Bissell’s winemaking has propelled this 52-ha estate near the southern end of Coonawarra into the top echelon of Coonawarra producers. The flagship is The Tally, a big, powerful, oaky Cabernet Sauvignon that needs at least 5–8 years’ ageing. Cabernet Sauvignon is also in a powerful mould with good breadth and style as well as intensity – a really good expression of Coonawarra fruit. Ripe, concentrated Shiraz can be at least as good. At a more affordable level, The Blend (typicallyMerlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon) and Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, are both ripe, round and pleasurable drinking if nothing more. This being Coonawarra there isn’t much white but a Chardonnay with delicious fruit and well-worked oak is amongst the better examples from the Limestone Coast. A sweetish Sparkling Cabernet is a decent example of its type. Doug Balnaves and son Peter also manage vineyards and make wines for others in the district.
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