2008

Vintage  // 

We received a very dry winter again without normal winter rains, however we did get 200mm of late winter rain preceding budburst. Spring brought several frosts, which caused damage in a small area, but the frosts were restricted to low lying areas and were limited to a short period unlike last years 5 weeks of widespread frost. Those vines affected this year had time to recover and produced a crop.

Flowering was early by about 2-3 weeks and warm dry conditions prevailed during most of the growing season, necessitating regular careful irrigation to keep the vines healthy and photosynthesizing.

Vintage started early with a similar timing to 2007 with chardonnays coming with very nice natural acid balance and baumes in the 12.0 -12.5 range.

We picked most of the reds late in March and early in April at very good ripeness and we have produced intense wines with fantastic colour and ripe flavours but also with ripe tannins. They are not big wines as one might expect in a hot year but medium bodied with good balance and perfume.

In the winery we did a lot of barrel fermentation this year, the reds fermented more slowly than normal and we transferred them into oak at pressing and allowed them to finish in oak at their own rate.

We were able to do long macerations 25-30 days on skins with our best vineyards as normal and these wines responded well to the extended time on skins. They are now all pressed and in new oak settling down and doing malo-lactic fermentation.

Overall, as they settle down the 2008 vintage wines look to be very very good, lovely ripe perfumed wines with medium body, lovely balance and soft tannins, similar in style perhaps to 2006.

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  • The results are in for another year! 🍷🍾🥂
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  • A massive THANKS to our energizer bunny/cellar hand, Max for all your work here at Balnaves of Coonawarra. We wish you all the best on your next adventure! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra
  • BRISBANE you’re up next.. we can’t wait to see you Sunday! 🍷☀️ #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #coonawarraroadshow
  • SYDNEY you were great, thank you all for coming to Roadshow and trying our wines.. Brisbane, you’re up next! 🍷🍷😍 #coonawarra #coonawarraroadshow @coonawarra_wine #balnavesofcoonawarra #balnavesontour
  • SYDNEY friends, we are jumping for joy to be here! We can’t wait to see you all at the Town Hall Friday night! 🙌

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarraroadshow #sydney
  • Sydney Roadshow here we come!! See you Friday night at the Sydney Town Hall. 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra @coonawarra_wine #coonawarraroadshow #sydney
  • MELBOURNE FRIENDS 
See you tonight for roadshow at the Docklands 🍷🌟 #coonawarra #coonawarraroadshow #melbourne
  • Last two dozen left of the 2015 Blend, GET IN QUICK! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra
  • We are now up to the last of our 2015 Blend! 
94 points from Halliday 
Only Coonawarra wine to get into Halliday’s top 100 
And it’s only $19

GET IN QUICK! Don’t miss out.. #balnavesofcoonawarra
  • The results are in for another year! 🍷🍾🥂
Rated a 5 star winery for the 18th consecutive year. Well done to our talented wine making team! #jameshalliday #5stars #2020winecompanion #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra
  • We love what we do.. #balnavesofcoonawarra #jameshalliday #5star #coonawarra #wine
  • Melbourne friends, have you got your tickets? 
#coonawarra #roadshow #balnavesofcoonawarra
  • Have a 'swirl' of a day! 
Dont forget to pop into our wine room for a tasting! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #weekenedvibes #wineroom #winetasting

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