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.

  • 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! 🍷 
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  • SYDNEY friends, we are jumping for joy to be here! We can’t wait to see you all at the Town Hall Friday night! 🙌

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  • Sydney Roadshow here we come!! See you Friday night at the Sydney Town Hall. 🍷 
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  • We are now up to the last of our 2015 Blend! 
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  • 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
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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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