2013

Vintage  // 

Pre-season saw reasonable winter rains and a cooler start to the year, with phenology on long term averages. Particularly cool nights were experienced leading up to fruit set.

Set was even and crops in general light to medium, slightly better than 2012, but not by much, leading to shortages in Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the main drivers however was the lack of rainfall, with the growing season from November on being exceptionally dry and the viticulture challenge being to maintain good healthy canopies without causing vigour issues.

January and late February saw some brief hot spells, that brought vintage start forward to 17th February on Chardonnay, 3 weeks earlier than long term average. Fruit flavours in chardonnays are very good with good natural acid balances.

Vintage stretched out from February to May making this one of the longest vintages we have done. As usual we handpicked parcels for The Tally and used the Pellenc Selectiv Harvester on one block as a trial.

Wines are showing fantastic colours with medium body and flavours ranging from just ripe with some seaweed/ herbal elements to very ripe. Similar to 2012 tannin ripeness is slightly behind typical. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are the standout varieties.

Overall quality I would say is very good, with long macerations going full term on skins and plenty of options for the Tally in oak.

Pete Bissell

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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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