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2014 Balnaves The Blend

Coonawarra, SA

Cracking value red blend from the great Balnaves vineyard in Coonawarra.

$19.00

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About
You can drink it now, or later.  So nicely done. Bargain.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Blend is the best way to get acquainted with the style of wines produced by the Balnaves family.

This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc made in a more approachable style.

Most wines in Coonawarra are heralded for their cellaring potential, this wine is built for drinking now.

For a Thursday night or a Sunday roast lunch, this goes down an absolute treat while scratching the Coonawarra Cabernet itch at the same time.

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
Additional Info

From The Producer

The Balnaves Coonawarra Vineyard was established in 1975 and is situated at the southern end of the Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. The family, which has been associated with the district since 1855, remains fully committed to a high level of ‘hands-on’ involvement.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2022
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Balnaves Family
The Balnaves Family
Coonawarra, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

92Points
The Wine Front

"Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Tasting this in a bracket of six wines, three of them from Balnaves, and this is my favourite of the Balnaves trio because it’s just such a lovely drink. Happily, it’s the least expensive of the three. Fragrant and savoury at once. You have rosehip and redcurrant, tobacco and black olives, with a bit of blackcurrant, vanilla and chocolate in the mix too. It’s medium bodied, light and fine in tannin, with perfectly pitched acidity, and a black olive laced finish of fair length. You can drink it now, or later.  So nicely done. Bargain." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

94Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"60% merlot, 33% cabernet sauvignon, 5% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot. The cabernet sauvignon component comes from new Entav clones 338 and 412, which have the same potential as the new merlot clones. The components were separately vinified, and blended before 14 months maturation in fine-grained French oak. Balnaves has made this Bordeaux blend its own, defiantly thumbing its nose at Margaret River. It's on the light side of medium-bodied, but ticks all fruit boxes from blue and black, moving on to its supple mouthfeel ex fine tannins and oak." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

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Australia Wide Deliveries outside of Sydney and Melbourne metro are all delivered with Australia Post's eParcel wine delivery service. They pick up from us at 12pm Monday through Friday. When your order has been dispatched you'll receive tracking information to your email. Unfortunately with the complications of Covid and expected Christmas surge Australia Post are being extremely vague about delivery times. You will need to have your order placed before midnight 10th of December if you want to ensure it’s there for Christmas.

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FaQs

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