Cabernet Sauvignon (Blends)
750 mL Bottle
"Has a similar ProCork issue to the Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were hand-picked and received a long post-fermentation maceration on skins, extracting every bit of flavour and tannins from those skins. The wine spent 19 months in new, top quality, barriques from top cooperages. The final judgement on this wine can't be made until it is at least 10 years old (ProCork permitting), when the issue of the oak balance can be resolved. Right now, it seems too much of a good thing; hopefully, time will prove otherwise."
94 Points Wine Companion
"The generous 2010 season instils an immediate appeal in The Tally, yet still upholding the cage of rigid, finely structured tannins that provide Tally its long-enduring potential. Succulent, deep and enticing blackberries and black plums are lifted by fragrant violet perfume, undiminished by long skin maceration and 19 months in new French oak barrels. A strong future is guaranteed, albeit in a generously fruited and immediately enticing guise."
96 Points Tyson Stelzer
REVUES ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Balnaves Cabernet Sauvignon The Tally 2006
A huge wine flooded with Cassis, blackberry and raspberry fruit, a liberal application of complex oak offering toast, cedar, spice, nougat and play-doh with additional characters of black liquorice, mint and a few violets just poking their heads above the surface. It’s full bodied with enormous extract and flavour, dense and brooding with a big spread of chalky tannin and extreme length of flavour. A powerhouse that needs at least a decade of cellaring.
"The review for the 2005 Tally elicited a couple of reader complaints – specifically that the inclusion of lyrics from “The Banana Boat Song” stuck in their heads and caused them to absent mindedly sing-a-long for a couple of days. Sorry. Right, now I tasted this alongside the 2005 John Riddoch and 2004 Brands Laira “The Patron” and it was clear from the first sniff and slurp of “The Tally” that this was a youthful, dense and forbidding wine, so the cork went straight back in and the wine was left until the next day. A reverse application of the “Method Audouze” if you like."
95 Points Wine Front Gary Walsh 2008
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