2011

Vintage  // 

Good winter rainfalls in winter 2010, followed on from good winter rains in 2009, recharging the aquifers. This became somewhat of too much of a good thing when rain continued in regular intervals through summer and into autumn 2011.

Unprecedented incidence of downy mildew and powdery mildew, followed by botrytis, put our vineyard staff under intense pressure to maintain protection of canopies and fruit.

Vintage began with Chardonnay with high natural acids and low pHs. These have produced fine elegant Chablis style wines. Red fruit followed with lower baumes than normal 11.5 -12.5 for much of the vintage with a jump in baume at the end.

Flavours however were riper than the baumes suggested. Disease issues caused picking of many varieties and some vineyards were not picked at all notably Shiraz and Merlot.

Our best blocks on shallower soils have produced better wines as usual and our focus was squarely on Cabernet Sauvignon, with resultant wines being more in the old Coonawarra Claret style with lowish alcohols and medium weight and structure.

Selective harvesting of our blocks and careful attention to the condition of fruit has produced fine bright wines with cooler vintage aromas of violets, blackberry, blackcurrant flower, together with some seaweed, olive, mint and leafy characters.

We reduced our long macerations to 15-18 days on skins and have reduced our new oak input this year to produce a more delicate Old Coonawarra style this vintage.

  • Here's cheers to Wine-nes-day.. AKA humday.. AKA Wednesday! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #humpday #halfway #chardonnay #beach #summerfeels
  • Whats your favorite Balnaves red? 
#balnavesofcoonawarra # coonawarra #redwine #youdecide
  • Annnnd, we are back on Monday! Its okay, we have WINE.

#balnavesofcoonawarra #mondayfeels #mondayblues
  • Here's your little in look to the next couple of days.. But don't stress, we have air conditioner, hats.. oh and of course, WINE! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #weatherreport #summer #heat #coonawarra #seesa #wine #cellardoor #wineroom
  • Weekend got us like... WINE TASTING! Our wine room is open from 11:30am - 4:30pm. We can't wait to see you! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #wineroom #cellardoor #winetasting #weekendvibes #saturday #coonawarra
  • Meet Maisey. Maisey loves Coonawarra.. and knows you’ll love the Tally from Balnaves’s of Coonawarra. Our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is open ALL weekend for tasting! 🍷👌🏻
  • Visiting Coonawarra soon? Here's a list a local places you MUST see! Check it out.. https://www.balnaves.com.au/what-to-do-in-coonawarra/ 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #thingstodoincoonawarra #coonawarra #seesa #toptips
  • Fancy a game of bocce?... and a wine tasting? We have you covered! Open daily till 4:30pm! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #cellardoor #seesa #bocce
  • Its so close to the 2019 36 Degree South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup ... we can almost taste the Chardonnay! Feel free to pop into Balnaves to have a glance at the cup! We cant wait!

#36southcoonawarracup #coonawarracup #racingsa #limestonecoast #seesouthaustralia #balnavesofcoonawarra #greatdayout #horseracing #summercup @coonawarra_wine @36southbeef
  • Summer Days spent the right way.. We are open till 4:30, see you then! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #summervibes #cellardoor #seecoonawarra #coonawarra #sunnydays
  • It’s the last day for Pete Finlay who has been with us for over 20 years. Pete has done the lot, harvesting, cattle work, pouring wine at Cabernet breakfast, fixing things, making things a list too long to write. He has been a fantastic support with everything we have done and we wish him all the best in his retirement, take it easy Pete you deserve it! From everyone at Balnaves... PS Happy Birthday for tomorrow! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #farewell
  • Our beautiful Amber is here all day today, 9am - 4:30pm, come in for a wine tasting! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #summer #cellardoor #coonawarra #seesa

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  • Here's cheers to Wine-nes-day.. AKA humday.. AKA Wednesday! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #humpday #halfway #chardonnay #beach #summerfeels
  • Whats your favorite Balnaves red? 
#balnavesofcoonawarra # coonawarra #redwine #youdecide
  • Annnnd, we are back on Monday! Its okay, we have WINE.

#balnavesofcoonawarra #mondayfeels #mondayblues
  • Here's your little in look to the next couple of days.. But don't stress, we have air conditioner, hats.. oh and of course, WINE! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #weatherreport #summer #heat #coonawarra #seesa #wine #cellardoor #wineroom
  • Weekend got us like... WINE TASTING! Our wine room is open from 11:30am - 4:30pm. We can't wait to see you! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #wineroom #cellardoor #winetasting #weekendvibes #saturday #coonawarra
  • Meet Maisey. Maisey loves Coonawarra.. and knows you’ll love the Tally from Balnaves’s of Coonawarra. Our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is open ALL weekend for tasting! 🍷👌🏻
  • Visiting Coonawarra soon? Here's a list a local places you MUST see! Check it out.. https://www.balnaves.com.au/what-to-do-in-coonawarra/ 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #thingstodoincoonawarra #coonawarra #seesa #toptips
  • Fancy a game of bocce?... and a wine tasting? We have you covered! Open daily till 4:30pm! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #cellardoor #seesa #bocce
  • Its so close to the 2019 36 Degree South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup ... we can almost taste the Chardonnay! Feel free to pop into Balnaves to have a glance at the cup! We cant wait!

#36southcoonawarracup #coonawarracup #racingsa #limestonecoast #seesouthaustralia #balnavesofcoonawarra #greatdayout #horseracing #summercup @coonawarra_wine @36southbeef
  • Summer Days spent the right way.. We are open till 4:30, see you then! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #summervibes #cellardoor #seecoonawarra #coonawarra #sunnydays
  • It’s the last day for Pete Finlay who has been with us for over 20 years. Pete has done the lot, harvesting, cattle work, pouring wine at Cabernet breakfast, fixing things, making things a list too long to write. He has been a fantastic support with everything we have done and we wish him all the best in his retirement, take it easy Pete you deserve it! From everyone at Balnaves... PS Happy Birthday for tomorrow! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #farewell
  • Our beautiful Amber is here all day today, 9am - 4:30pm, come in for a wine tasting! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #summer #cellardoor #coonawarra #seesa

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