2013 Cabernet Merlot

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Deep red in colour, the nose is dense with complex dark cassis, and blueberry fruit, integrated with fine cedary oak. The palate is rich and structured, with dense fruit and fine grain tannins.

Tasting Note

The Balnaves Coonawarra Vineyard was established in 1975, and is situated at the southern end of the Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. The family, which has been associated with the district since 1855, remains fully committed to a high level of ‘hands-on” involvement.

Vintage 2013 was generally mild with one hot period. Blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (82%) principally from our Walker, Quarry and Dead Morris vineyards, with Merlot (18%) from Avery and Rise. Walker Cabernet, the largest component, was harvested using berry sorting technology prior to ferment. Matured for 16 months in new (50%) and used French oak prior to bottling in October 2014.

Deep red in colour, the nose is dense with complex dark cassis, and blueberry fruit, integrated with fine cedary oak. The palate is rich and structured, with dense fruit and fine grain tannins. This wine will reward careful cellaring and we recommend decanting before drinking.

Technical Information

VINTAGE:2013
HARVESTED:14th – 28th March 2013
VARIETY:82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot
ALC/VOL:14.5%
TOTAL ACID:6.41g/L
pH:3.46
CELLARING:4-10 years

Reviews

“An 82/18% blend from three cabernet and two merlot vineyards; matured for 16 months in French oak (50% new). Excellent crimson-purple; the bouquet is aromatic and inviting, the palate with a balance of blackcurrant, mulberry, black olive and herbs, oak adding its own flavour as a bonus.” Drink to 2028

Author: James Halliday
Publication: Wine Companion 2016
Date: August 2015
Rating: 94 points
  • 2012

    Vintage 2012 was mild and warm with very low yields. Blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (91%) principally from our Avery and Vortmann vineyards, with Merlot (9%) from Rise and Silage. All the fruit for this wine was berry sorted prior to ferment. Matured for 17 months in new and used French oak from Seguin Moreau, Saury and Dargaud and Jaegle prior to bottling in October 2013. Deep red in colour, the nose is plush with round blackberry, elderberry and cassis fruits and toasty oak. The palate is lighter bodied, with soft dark plum, cassis fruit and fine grain tannins.

    Drink or Hold.

  • 2011

    Blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) with Merlot (11%). Deep red in colour, the nose is complex with dark blackberry, elderberry and cassis fruit and a touch of olive. The palate is medium bodied, with a taught leaner structure dark fruit and firm tannin. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins.

    Hold.

  • 2010

    Deep red in colour, the nose is rich with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, elderberry and cassis fruit. The palate is medium bodied, but intense with coffee and vanilla characters adding to the dark fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine, grainy grape tannins.

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  • We are in love with the Blue Footed Boobys currently on exhibition in the Cellar Door. We love how they celebrate their Saturday nights! 🍸

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  • SPOTTED: The Blue-Footed Booby! These are birds from the Galapagos Islands…with blue feet…who dance! These rare little cuties can be found at our Cellar Door throughout the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival starting today! This exhibition is a celebration, full of fun and colour. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarrartsfestival2018 #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby
  • We still have a few spaces left for our book reading and drawing demonstration on Saturday & Sunday. Call 08 8737 2946 or click on the link in our bio️ ☝️ for details. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarraartsfestival #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby #book reading #drawingdemonstration
  • Happy Mothers Day to our beautiful Mums. Hope you're enjoying a cheeky glass of your favourite wine - you deserve it! 🌹

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  • Cheers to rotting grapes and not Brussels Sprouts! 🍷🍇 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #friyay #weekend #grapes
  • Only 1 week until the Penola/Coonawarra Arts Festival is here! Don't forget to book for our 'Blue Feet' Children's book reading and drawing demonstration for Saturday or Sunday. Ph: 08 8737 2946 or visit our website for bookings. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #pcartsfestival2018
  • The ghost mushroom season is upon us. Read on below all about this glow in the dark fungus. They even offer night tours! A fun thing to do if you are in the Mt Gambier region. 
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  • Autumn Days. ❤️ Just add a picnic and wine. 🍷🍂 #balnavesofcoonawarra #cellardoor #familyfriendly #picincbox #winebytheglass #coonawarra
  • It’s a Shiraz kind of Friday night. Cheers! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #balnaves #coonawarra #friyay #weekend
  • Mother's Day is only a week away. Need some inspiration? Why not buy her a bottle or 2 of her favourite wine or join her up to our new wine club? 
Click on the link in our bio to start shopping 👆

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #mothersday #wine #shedeservesit

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  • Thanks so much to the very talented Marsha Wajer for your book reading, drawing demonstration & super fun & colourful ‘Blue Feet’ exhibition. It’s not too late to  check out her beautiful work. Open until 5pm today.
  • We are in love with the Blue Footed Boobys currently on exhibition in the Cellar Door. We love how they celebrate their Saturday nights! 🍸

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarraartsfestival #bluefootedboobys
  • There are positives about cold winter nights. 🍷🔥👍 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #redwine #fire #cosy #friyay #winning #thetally #cabernet #weekend
  • SPOTTED: The Blue-Footed Booby! These are birds from the Galapagos Islands…with blue feet…who dance! These rare little cuties can be found at our Cellar Door throughout the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival starting today! This exhibition is a celebration, full of fun and colour. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarrartsfestival2018 #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby
  • We still have a few spaces left for our book reading and drawing demonstration on Saturday & Sunday. Call 08 8737 2946 or click on the link in our bio️ ☝️ for details. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #penolacoonawarraartsfestival #artsfestival #bluefootedbooby #book reading #drawingdemonstration
  • Happy Mothers Day to our beautiful Mums. Hope you're enjoying a cheeky glass of your favourite wine - you deserve it! 🌹

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #mothersday #cheekred
  • Cheers to rotting grapes and not Brussels Sprouts! 🍷🍇 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #friyay #weekend #grapes
  • Only 1 week until the Penola/Coonawarra Arts Festival is here! Don't forget to book for our 'Blue Feet' Children's book reading and drawing demonstration for Saturday or Sunday. Ph: 08 8737 2946 or visit our website for bookings. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #pcartsfestival2018
  • The ghost mushroom season is upon us. Read on below all about this glow in the dark fungus. They even offer night tours! A fun thing to do if you are in the Mt Gambier region. 
Repost @southaustralia
・・・
No need to adjust your screens… These glow-in-the-dark shrooms are the real deal, as @andrew__burston know all too well! The 2018 #GhostMushroom season officially kicked off this week at #GhostMushroomLane in Glencoe, just 16km from #MountGambier! These spooky little night lights typically emerge after late autumn rains, emitting a luminescent glow after dark – the result of a chemical reaction between fungal enzymes and oxygen. There’s no shortage of them either – this is the largest site of its type in #Australia, with tens of thousands of freaky funghi appearing from May-June. Take the 2.3km free self-drive forest trail and you’ll find Mother Nature’s army of green lanterns growing from old tree stumps, the decaying remnants of the annual pine harvest. ForestrySA are also offering guided tours on Fri/Sat/Sun nights, giving those keen to learn more about these eerie emblems of the darkness a chance to get up close and personal. A small display will also be on hand at the @tourism_mount_gambier Visitor Centre from next week, operating Tue/Wed/Thu throughout May. For the full lowdown on everything that glows! #SeeSouthAustralia 👽🍄 [📍Location: a 40 minute flight (or 5hr drive) from Melbourne, or a 1hr flight (4.5hr drive) to Mount Gambier from
  • Autumn Days. ❤️ Just add a picnic and wine. 🍷🍂 #balnavesofcoonawarra #cellardoor #familyfriendly #picincbox #winebytheglass #coonawarra
  • It’s a Shiraz kind of Friday night. Cheers! 🍷 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #balnaves #coonawarra #friyay #weekend
  • Mother's Day is only a week away. Need some inspiration? Why not buy her a bottle or 2 of her favourite wine or join her up to our new wine club? 
Click on the link in our bio to start shopping 👆

#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #mothersday #wine #shedeservesit

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