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2012 Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra, SA

One of Coonawarra's finest reserve Cabernets. A more elegant expression of the variety from this iconic region.

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A luscious gravity... Outstanding.

Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Tally is the pinnacle of the Balnaves stable of outstanding Coonawarra wines.

This fruit gets the royal treatment. Hand-picked, matured in the finest French barrels. Carefully monitored every step along the way to bottle.

The 2012 vintage was as good as you will see in Coonawarra. A long, dry season with moderate temperatures, the fruit quality was impeccable.

If you're looking for a wine that will mature with grace over the following decades, then look no further. 

This is the greatness of Coonawarra Cabernet in a bottle.

About Balnaves

Balnaves is a shining jewel in the crown of Coonawarra.

A family-owned winery established in the early 1970s, Balnaves is one of the few fully independent wine businesses in the region.

Their Reserve Cabernet, The Tally, is one of the country's most collectable Cabernets with an established pedigree for longevity and balance.

With the next generation of Balnaves taking up positions in the family business, their story is set to continue to fold in the region for decades to come.

James Halliday describes Balnaves as, "Coonawarra at its best."

The Balnaves Estate in beautiful Coonawarra
The Balnaves Estate in beautiful Coonawarra
Coonawarra, SA
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From The Producer

Vintage 2012 was mild and early, with even ripening and no climatic extremes. Sourced entirely from our Dead Morris vineyard, all fruit was handpicked and 100% of the blend received a long maceration on skins. Maturation was for 20 months in 50% new fine-grained chateau barriques from Sylvain, Taransaud and Seguin Moreau cooperages, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2013 under procork.

Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruit. The palate is firm and full bodied, with fleshy cassis and blackberry fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins. This wine showing the structure and completeness typical of “The Tally”. Made to cellar with confidence, decant before drinking.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
ABV : 14.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2040
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Balnaves Family
The Balnaves Family
Coonawarra, SA
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96Points
The Wine Front

"Hits up immediately with flavour. A luscious gravity. For all the fruit, there is tannin, a spread of it, a curling wave. Seductive and impressive at once. Rich with blackcurrant and dark chocolate. Outstanding." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

96Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Hand-picked grapes from the Dead Morris Vineyard were given extended maceration post-ferment, then taken to the best French barrels money can buy (50% new) for 20 months maturation. The complexity of the bouquet is striking, with black fruits, spice, earth and cedar, and a complete wine in the mouth, at once supple yet firm thanks to exemplary texture and structure. The savoury finish and aftertaste is pure cabernet." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

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From the moment you open the bottle the aroma released assures you of a high quality experience. Great colour and excellent finish. A wine to savour

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