2013 The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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This wine is complex and tightly structured, made to cellar with confidence.

Tasting Note

Among his many pursuits, Doug Balnaves was a shearer of Merino sheep. A shearer in Australia is paid by the number of sheep he shears. Counted every two hour period, the Tally is recorded in the Tally book. The higher the Tally, the greater the recognition among his peers for skill and hard work. As an expression of this tradition, the Balnaves family see the wine “The Tally” as the ultimate achievement for their company.

Vintage 2013 produced good crops and ripened late in April producing deeply flavoured fruit with fine tannins. Sourced entirely from our Dead Morris vineyard, all fruit was handpicked and 40% of the blend received a long maceration on skins. Maturation was for 20 months in 79% new fine-grained chateau barriques from Taransaud and Sylvain cooperages, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2014 under procork.

Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruit. The palate is medium bodied and fine, with fleshy cassis and blackberry fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy tannins. This wine is complex and tightly structured, made to cellar with confidence and decant before drinking.

Technical Information

VINTAGE:2013
HARVESTED:19th & 27th March 2013
VARIETY:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
ALC/VOL:14.5%
TOTAL ACID:6.9
pH:3.50
CELLARING:Optimum at 10-12 years after vintage

Reviews

“Deeply coloured, it is the quintessence of Coonawarra Cabernet, with an immensely long palate, fruit, oak and tannins all contributing. Sometimes the oak on The Tally can seem too obvious in blind tastings with other top-flight Cabernets, but it’s hard to see that happening here. The drink-to date has been shortened by the decision to use ProCork.”Drink to 2043

Author: James Halliday
Publication: Wine Companion 2016
Date: August 2015
Rating: 97 points
  • 2012

    Vintage 2012 was mild and early, with even ripening and no climatic extremes. Sourced entirely from our Dead Morris vineyard, all fruit was handpicked and 100% of the blend received a long maceration on skins. Maturation was for 20 months in 50% new fine-grained chateau barriques from Sylvain, Taransaud and Seguin Moreau cooperages, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2013 under procork.

    Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruit. The palate is firm and full bodied, with fleshy cassis and blackberry fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins. This wine showing the structure and completeness typical of “The Tally”. Made to cellar with confidence, decant before drinking.

    Hold

  • 2010

    Vintage 2010 was cool with even ripening, and vintage on normal timing in late April. Sourced from our Dead Morris and Walker vineyards, all fruit was handpicked and 100% of the blend received a long maceration on skins. Maturation was for 19 months in new fine-grained chateau barriques from Seguin Moreau, Taransaud and Sylvain cooperages before light egg fining and bottling in December 2011, under Procork.

    Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruit. The palate is firm, structured and tightly wound with coffee and milk chocolate characters adding to the dark fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins. An excellent Tally from an outstanding Coonawarra vintage.

    Hold

  • 2009

    Vintage 2009 was hot pre-veraison in January, but then mild into autumn. Sourced entirely from our Dead Morris Vineyard, all fruit handpicked for the first time and 100% of the blend received a long maceration on skins. Maturation was for 16 months in new fine-grained Chateau barriques from Taransaud and Seguin Moreau cooperages, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2010.

    This is definitely the most delicate and perfumed Tally produced so far with only 300 cases made, in order to show off our best Cabernet Vineyard – Dead Morris – the character of “terrior”

    Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, elderberry and cassis fruit. The palate is particularly fine and elegant with coffee and milk chocolate characters adding to the dark fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins. More delicate and refined than previous Tally’s.

    Decant before drinking, Pete Bissell December 2010.

  • 2008

    Deep red purple tinge
    The nose is lifted with perfumed red berries violets and wild blackberry fruit coming from the Petit Verdot component Dunstan vineyard (4%). Cabernet was sourced from Dead Morris Vineyard (72%) and Quarry Block (24%).
    The palate is medium bodied and restrained in style with tight dense fruit and a modulated structure showing balance and depth of fruit, flowing onto a long finish of chewy tannins. This is a compact but deeply flavoured Tally with a high percentage of long maceration wines. 2008 is looking to be an excellent vintage in Coonawarra.
    Hold.

  • 2007

    The 2007 Tally has a deep rich red colour. The nose shows dark blackberry fruit with some cooler vintage black olive and liquorice notes. The palate is lean and tight with dark fruit and grippy grape tannins from the cooler vintage. A lovely balance of leaner / cooler style Tally reflecting the vintage.
    Hold.

  • 2006

    The 2006 Tally has a Mid-deep red-purple tinge. Lifted nose, bright blueberry and blackberry fruit and perfumed voilets with integrated charry oak and a slight minty note. The palate is mid weight with bright red and blackberry fruit and firm tannins. Tannins still not integrated with the fruit but the balance is good.
    Hold.

  • 2005

    The 2005 Tally has a deep red-purple tinge. This is a huge wine, big rich ripe fruit, liquorice and anise notes, spice complex and dense. The palate is big and rich, full-bodied ripe fruit with solid tannins and structure. The tannins need time to soften as this wine has less long maceration than normal. As with the Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 should age very well.
    Drink or hold.

  • 2004

    The 2004 Tally is deep red in colour. Nose lifted fruit, perfumed with charry vanillan oak integrated with complex dark fruit, bitumen-coal notes and cassis. The palate is long and elegant great line and length. Showing more perfume and delicacy than other vintages. Lovely cooler vintage wine.
    Drink now

  • 2001

    The 2001 Tally is deep red in colour. A perfumed nose with dense dark tightly woven fruit, liquorice, red and black berries, prunes, with subtle vanillin oak and malty overtones. The palate is solid with rich dark fruit, and good balance, great length and elegance. Great classical Coonawarra vintage.
    Drink now

  • 2000

    Outstanding deep red in colour, and purple tint. Big nose of ripe fruit with grilled nuts, smokey notes, rich fruit, prunes, liquorice, tobacco combined with smoky vanillin oak. The palate is full, rich and softly textured. It has complex ripe fruit, dark seaweed characters, great length and persistence, finishing with firm tannins. Great example of Coonawarra in a hot year.
    Drink now

  • 1998

    The 1998 Balnaves Tally is deep red in colour. It has a huge nose of ripe fruit with sweet earthy notes that is combined with seaweed, leather, tobacco, grilled nuts and soy sauce. The palate is rich and dense with good fruit and rich tannins. It has complex tobacco, cedar and leather characters with a good length. This wine with all our Cabernets needs decanting and some air to show it’s best.
    Drink now

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  • Have you ever tried our Rosé? Made in a traditional style from our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Give your friends a bit of cheek, they'll love it! 
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  • We loooooove dogs as much as we love wine! Feel free to bring your four legged friends when you come for your next tasting! 🍷🐶 #balnavesofcoonawarra #cooper #doggo #coonawarra #balnaves #winetasting #cellardoor
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