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Balnaves of Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot

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Balnaves of Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Perfectly ripe generosity of crunchy blackcurrants, blackberries and black plums is kept immaculately in check by signature Balnaves tannins: savoury, firm and solid yet finely polished.
WINE100 2012
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
A 92/8% blend that spent 17 months in new and used French oak from topflight coopers; the crimson colour leads into a bouquet and palate with blackcurrant and cassis to the fore; the oak adds to both texture and flavour, but it is the lifted fruit on the finish that really puts the stamp of quality on the wine.
Wine Companion Aug/Sept 2012
94
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A superb wine, and a wine that proudly speaks of the region with delicate minted cassis and plum, some purple olive here, oak spice and outstanding overall purity. The palate delves into savoury territory with fine, powdery tannins gently gripping as it goes, plenty of cassis and plum fruit flavour and oak spice. A class act!
Good Wine Guide 2013
94
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Balnaves’ quartet of 09 cabernets is set for a tremendous future and the cabernet merlot needs (just) a decade to show its stuff. The most perfumed of the set, lifted violet and blackcurrant perfume wafts over a palate of disciplined focus and exceedingly high quality oak carpentry.
Wine Taste - Edition 23 2011
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A 72%/28% blend, spending 12 months in French oak, 60% new; the bouquet is seductive, fruit and oak combining well; the sumptuous palate opens with cassis, blackberry and a touch of regional mint, textured tannins coming through strongly on the back-palate. Needs time for those tannins to soften, but there is so much fruit this will present no problem.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Staggering value here. This has a very strong thread of regional olive and mint, laced around ripe cassis, dark cherry and some violet-like cabernet florals. The palate's packed with flesh and flavour. Really beautifully extracted tannins squeeze through the finish, with dark-cherry, plum and mulberry flavours, and sweetly-spiced toasty oak. An amazing mid-term future ahead. Stylish wine.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Dense purple; another powerful wine from Balnaves, with intense blackcurrant, plum and cassis fruit; the density of the fruit is matched by the tannins and oak; will be very long lived.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
From the drought-ravaged 2007 vintage with super-low yields; Balnaves clearly held some aces up its sleeve. Trademark Coonawarra minted berry aromas, iodine-like depth and cassis, good concentration here. Cabernet 93%, merlot 7%, and 70% new French oak -how they do that for the price is astounding! Plenty of structure and even-handed balance, this is ready to roll now with open tannins that are anchored smartly in place. Another unbeatable Balnaves bargain!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Pure and fine redcurrant fruit aromas with cedary oak and a touch of cinnamon; the palate is seamless and the transition of fruit across the palate is integrated with the quite slippery fine-grained tannins; very long and very good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
It's one of those wines that you have to like chomping on a bit of tannin. But it's quality, ripe, fine-grained tannin, and it's carried along on a train of sweet, curranty, earthen, toasty, fruit and oak flavours. Balance is the key here. There is a flash of raspberry shining brightly through the centre of the wine's flavours, particularly after the bottle has been open for a while. Another excellent red from Balnave
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Much more richness, texture and weight than Coonawarra usually provides; sophisticated winemaking provides a balance between cassis blackcurrant (cabernet) and touches of olive and spice from the merlot.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very deep colour; full-bodied, dense and powerful; layers of cassis, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, and balanced but positive tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94

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