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Balnaves of Coonawarra The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Balnaves of Coonawarra The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The Tally, representing the top rung of Balnaves cabernet-based reds, is given the full dose of fine French timber, and the fruit carries it off with regal style. This has cedary black fruit aromas,plums, vanillin, fresh, dark leaves and freshly tilled earthy notes.Fruit flavour bubbles up through the palate amid tannins that are supple, elongated and sturdy in character, the balance is right on and the finish leaves you salivating. Cellar with confidence; this is impeccable.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
The challenging 2009 vintage disqualified all but one parcel of fruit for The Tally: that which forms the linear vector of its honed backbone. The result is the most focused, precise and restrained Tally, that time may prove to rank among the finest and longest-lived.
Wine Taste - Edition 22 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Similar crimson-purple to the standard; has a fragrant bouquet, with blackcurrant, cassis and mulberry fruit; the medium-bodied palate is elegant, and infinitely better balanced than the standard wine, the tannins fine, the cedary oak in balance, the finish long and harmonious.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
First class indeed. A sumptuous, handsomely oaked and long-term cabernet with genuine depth and an artful balance. Its alluring bouquet of dark berries, blue flowers and aromatic dusty/cedar oak precedes a plush, deeply ripened but not overcooked palate of length and concentration. A fine-grained, pliant undercarriage ably supports layers of dark berry flavours, plums and tight-knit cedar/chocolate oak.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
It's almost frightening to consider just how good the main act is, having worked through the various other impeccable and impressive 2009 Balnaves reds. This has a very tightly buried, dark and evenly ripe nose of cherry and plums, black fruits and cassis; toasty oak is well and truly buried deep, and there's blood plums and cola too. The palate structure is deep, thanks to the fruit quality, ripeness and an extended maceration on skins; flavours run through the same spectrum of dark fruits and cola, with slate-like intensity and dark minerals through the finish. Bullet-proof structure - flawless.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Vivid crimson-purple; like a rich little boy, has everything he wishes; a fragrant dark berry bouquet with notes of French oak, leather and spice, then a full-bodied palate with a dazzling array of flavours; however, it is in the supple texture, perfect balance and line that the greatness of the wine finally takes shape.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Power and grace; loaded with sweet oak, the quality of fruit beneath is up to the task; layered cassis, redcurrant, cedar and violet bouquet; great concentration of fruit on the palate, with a refreshingly vibrant core of acid and pure fruit; lots of slippery fine-grained tannins that counterpoint the vibrant and complex fruit with ease; wonderfully long and satisfying. Pro
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Beautifully crafted and delineated cassis fruit, framed by gently toasty oak and some floral notes; the palate is rich, deep, fine and very long; the brightness of fruit at the core is the essence of this wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This makes a hat-trick of outstanding consecutive releases: The Tally has really asserted its position at the top tier of Coonawarra cabernets. Cloaked in plenty of new French oak, it's a cedary, regal cabernet, the blackcurrant and dark berry fruit soaks the wood up fast. Terrific density and palate structure, deep and intense, it rolls smoothly from start to finish. Swanky, youthful cabernet at its finest.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Deep purple-red; an incredibly powerful and expressive bouquet, the luscious but tightly framed blackcurrant, cassis and French oak precisely fulfilling the promises of the bouquet.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
I wasn't sure of this super-premium when it was first released (with the 1998 vintage) but it now comfortably sits in the top ranks of Australian wine. 2005 RELEASE Ribbons of vanilla, cedarwood, blackcurrant and beef. It's a meal of a wine, but it's not overdone, it's still just a lovely drink. The flavours are pure and lengthy, the tannins long and satiny. It does not, however, wear its heart on its sleeve - it needs quite a bit of coaxing to come out of its shell, so at the least must be decanted for a couple of hours (or better still, cellar it in a cool dark place). DRINK 2013-2024.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
An extra degree of fragrance above others of the year; while full-bodied, also has a dimension of elegance the others don't have; very sophisticated oak handling, long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Powerfully structured, richly fruited and handsomely crafted, this is a cabernet of First Growth attitude and presence Alluring and lightly smoky, its perfume of dark plums black and red berries violets spicy and cedary/vanilla/chocolate new oak reveals a hint of dried herbs Profound in its impact, its still closed but densely concentrated palate of deep blackberry, blueberry, dark olive flavour is tightly integrated with new oak and a drying, powdery spine of firm tannin. Perfectly honed, with great length and longevity.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Meaty, slightly musky layers of deeply concentrated small red and black berry fruits and suggestions of dark olives over cedar and vanilla oak. Its sumptuous, powerfully structured palate of pristine small berry and dark plum fruit is framed by firm, but velvet-smooth extract. Very long and harmonious, culminating in a silky-fine finish of persistent dark fruit, sweet oak, fresh mint and dried herbs.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Dense colour; saturated black fruits, opulent mouthfeel, but tightened and lengthened by cedary oak and lingering tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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