Awards

James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 reviewsAt Balnaves, we pride ourselves on producing the finest wines in the region. The awards we win are a testament to our commitment to quality and never ending quest to produce the best wines.

You can purchase the current vintage releases of our award winning wines in our online shop.

2016

James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

2014 The Tally 96 points
2012 The Tally 96 points
2014 Chardonnay 95 points
2013 Chardonnay 95 points
2013 Shiraz 95 points
2014 Shiraz 94 points
2014 The Blend 94 points
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 92 points
Sparkling Cabernet 92 points
2014 Cabernet Merlot 91 points

Jeremy Oliver Australian Wine Annual

2010 The Tally 94 points 

Wine Spectator USA

2010 The Tally 94 points
2010 The Tally – Poured at New Your Wine Experience 2015  

Little Golden Book – Rob Geddes

The Tally – 5 Gold Stars
Cabernet Sauvignon – 5 Gold Stars

Huon Hooke

2012 The Tally 96 points

Tim White

2013 Shiraz 93-94 points

Limestone Coast Wine Show

Best White Wine Trophy - 2015 Chardonnay
Best Chardonnay Trophy – 2015 Chardonnay
Gold Medal - 2012 The Tally
Pete Balnaves, Viticulturist of the Best Wine of the Show – Arthur Hoffman Trophy 

2015

James Halliday Wine Companion 2016

2013 The Tally 97 points
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 96 points
2013 Shiraz 95 points
2013 Chardonnay 94 points
2013 Cabernet Merlot 94 points
2013 The Blend 90 points

Limestone Coast Wine Show

Best White Wine Trophy - 2013 Chardonnay
Best Chardonnay Trophy – 2013 Chardonnay
Pete Balnaves, Viticulturist of the Best Wine of the Show – Arthur Hoffman Trophy 

James Halliday Weekend Australian 2015 

2012 The Tally 96 points 

2014

James Halliday Wine Companion 2015

2012 The Tally 96 points
2012 Cabernet Merlot 95 points
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 95points
2012 The Blend 95points
2012 Chardonnay 93points

Limestone Coast Wine Show

Best Chardonnay Trophy - 2013 Chardonnay

Tyson Stelzer Wine Taste Weekly

2010 Shiraz 94 points
2010 Tally 96 points

Adelaide Review Hot 100

2010 The Tally 

Little Gold Book 2015

The Tally - 5 Gold Stars
Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 Gold Stars 

2013

James Halliday Wine Companion

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 95 points
2010 The Blend 95 points
2011 Chardonnay 94 points
2010 The Tally 94 points

Huon Hooke Wine of the Week

2012 Chardonnay 95 points 

SA Hot 100

2010 The Tally

Langtons new Top 50 Classification

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Little Gold Book

2010 The Tally in Top 100 for 2014 (5 gold stars)
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Top 10

Huon Hooke Kemenys Magazine

2010 The Tally 95 points 

2012

Limestone Coast Wine show

Best Chardonnay Trophy - 2011 Chardonnay
Best Museum Wine - 2005 The Tally 

Nick Stock Good Wine Guide 2013

2010 The Tally 97 points
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 96 points 

SA Hot 100

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Wise Small Vigneron Show

Gold 2011 Chardonnay

Tim White - Financial Review

2011 Chardonnay 94 points

Little Gold Book

The Tally - Five Gold Stars 

2011

James Halliday Wine Companion 2012

2009 The Tally 96 points 

Jeremy Oliver Annual 2012

2009 The Tally 96 points 

Ray Jordan, West Australian 

2009 Shiraz Wine of the Week 91 points

Ralph-Kyte Powell, The Age

2009 Cabernet Merlot 5 stars

2010

Langton's Classification of Australian Wine V 2010 - Outstanding

The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

James Halliday Wine Companion 2011

2008  The Tally 97 Points, Top Cabernet

Tri Nations Wine Challenge

2008 The Tally winner Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy 

2009

Penguin Good Wine Guide 2009

Cabernet of the Year - 2006 The Tally

Limestone Coast Wine Show

2006  Shiraz - Best Shiraz Trophy
2001 The Tally - Best Museum wine Trophy

James Halliday Wine Companion 2010

2007 The Tally 97 Points. Equal top Cabernet 

2008

James Halliday Wine Companion 2009

James Halliday - Winery of the Year 

Limestone Coast Wine Show

Best Chardonnay Trophy

Neil Beckett "1001 Wines you must try before you die" 2008

2005 The Tally

2007

Jeremy Oliver Annual 2008

Wine of the Year - 2004 The Tally 

2006

Limestone Coast Wine Show

Best Chardonnay Trophy
Best White Wine

Hyatt/Advertiser Cabernet of the Year

UK Business Traveller "Cellars in the Sky" Competition

Best Wine in First Class

2005

Penguin Wine Guide

Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Limestone Coast Wine Show

Best Chardonnay Trophy
Best White Wine

Pete Bissell Qantas/Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year 

2004

Limestone Coast Wine Show

Best Shiraz
International Judges Award Trophy
Best Chardonnay Trophy 

National Show Canberra

Rydges Capital Hill Best Cabernet Sauvignon - 

Hyatt/Advertiser Cabernet of the Year 

2002

Hyatt/Advertiser Consumers Chardonnay of the Year

Hyatt/Advertiser Cabernet of the Year

2001

Limestone Coast Wine Show

Best Museum Wine Trophy

Hyatt/Advertiser Wine of the Year

Hyatt/Advertiser Cabernet of the Year 

1998

Sydney Wine Show 

Camperdown Cellars Trophy - Best Cabernet

Winestate

Columbus Line Trophy - Cabernet of the Year 

Riedel Glass

Best Chardonnay Trophy - International Top 100 

1997

BHP Colorbond Steel Award Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Architectural Award 

SA Chapter 'Award of Merit' for the winery 

1992

Royal Australian Institute of Architects

SA Chapter Commendation for Cellar Door Sales Building

Packaging Award

Award of Excellence Design Annual 'Packaging' for Karin Seja of Ian Kidd Design

Fasson Award

Australasian Winner Creative for the Balnaves of Coonawarra Wine Carton Label 

1991

National Bank Trophy

Best 1-year-old red - Adelaide Wine Show

Adelaide Art Directors Club

Silver award for recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Advertising, Promotion, Publishing and Design of Balnaves of Coonawarra 'Wine'