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Vintage 2013 has produced rich lemon curd and citrus blossom Chardonnay fruit, which was handpicked early on February 20 and 21 with baumes of 12.2-12.3. Whole bunch pressed juice was barrel fermented on solids in new (24%) and seasoned Lois Latour and Seguin Moreau Chagny barriques, with 40% of the...
2015 Cheeky Red
The Cheeky Red is a summer wine to be enjoyed in the sunshine with picnics of chicken, seafood or pasta and laughter with friends. Made in a traditional rosé style from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes ripened in the warm Coonawarra sun, Cheeky Red should be well chilled and enjoyed immediately before...
2016 Entav Clone
ENTAV an acronym for Etablissement National Technique Amélioration Viticulture based in Le Grau-du-Roi in the South of France. This organisation selects, grows and tests the best clones out of France. Balnaves have approximately 1 hectare each of Entav 338 and 412 Cabernet Sauvignon and Entav 181 Merlot and we are trialing...
2014 Sparkling Cabernet
Balnaves have selected Cabernet Sauvignon parcels showing more complex characters with elegant structure for our Sparkling Cabernet Sauvignon. Blended from eleven different vintages selected from 2014-1995, this wine has been matured in an old French oak solera prior to tirage in September 2014.
2014 The Blend
Vintage 2014 was again mild with one warm day, cool weather during January and February allowing extended ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon (56%) from Quarry and Paulownia blocks and our old 1976 plantings, Merlot (38%) from Avery, Silage and Rise and Cabernet Franc (6%), were combined and matured in fine grained French...
Vintage 2013 produced excellent shiraz from Dunstan and Kidman vineyards, ripening in late March which is considerably later than in recent years. Matured for 19 months in new (68%) second fill (16%) French oak from Seguin Moreau, Dargaud+Jaegle and Le Grand cooperages. This wine was bottled in December 2014.
2012 Cabernet Merlot
Vintage 2012 was mild and warm with very low yields. Blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (91%) principally from our Avery and Vortmann vineyards, with Merlot (9%) from Rise and Silage. All the fruit for this wine was berry sorted prior to ferment.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2012 was mild and early, producing elegant wines with delicate ripe fruit flavours. Blended from our Dead Morris, Walker, and Quarry vineyards, this wine spent 20 months in tight-grain French oak from Seguin Moreau, Taransaud, Sylvain and Berger cooperages, before bottling in December 2013 under screwcap.
2012 The Tally
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 French Oak, before light egg fining...