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Balnaves Cabernet Merlot 2013

Vintage 2013 was generally mild with one hot period. Blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (82%) principally from our Walker, Quarry and Dead Morris vineyards, with Merlot (18%) from Avery and Rise. Walker Cabernet, the largest component, was harvested using berry sorting technology prior to ferment. Matured for 16 months in new (50%) and used French oak prior to bottling in October 2014. Deep...



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Brand Name
Balnaves
Country
AUSTRALIA
Style
Red Wine
Region
Coonawarra, SA
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon (Blends)
Size
750 mL Bottle

Product Description

Vintage 2013 was generally mild with one hot period. Blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (82%) principally from our Walker, Quarry and Dead Morris vineyards, with Merlot (18%) from Avery and Rise. Walker Cabernet, the largest component, was harvested using berry sorting technology prior to ferment. Matured for 16 months in new (50%) and used French oak prior to bottling in October 2014.
Deep red in colour, the nose is dense with complex dark cassis, and blueberry fruit, integrated with fine cedary oak. The palate is rich and structured, with dense fruit and fine grain tannins. This wine will reward careful cellaring and we recommend decanting before drinking.

An 82/18% blend from three cabernet and two merlot vineyards; matured for 16 months in French oak (50% new). Excellent crimson-purple; the bouquet is aromatic and inviting, the palate with a balance of blackcurrant, mulberry, black olive and herbs, oak adding its own flavour as a bonus. 94 Points James Halliday


REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES

Balnaves Cabernet Merlot 2010
"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."
94 Points James Halliday, Wine Companion


"Blackcurrant and blue fruit, a little mint and choc-licorice and nutty oak (with a slight gluey character, I thought). Medium to full bodied with a minor level of astringency and pretty firm tannin, but marries fair balance with good flavour and a decent finish. A solid offering."
90 Points Gary Walsh, Wine Front


Balnaves Cabernet Merlot 2009
"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."
94 Points James Halliday

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