2014 The Blend

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Medium bodied with a soft round Merlot mouth-feel, black fruit flavours with a touch of dried herbs.

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 2014 was again mild with one warm day, cool weather during January and February allowing extended ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon (56%) from Quarry and Paulownia blocks and our old 1976 plantings, Merlot (38%) from Avery, Silage and Rise and Cabernet Franc (6%), were combined and matured in fine grained French oak for 14 months. Bottled in October 2015.

Dark red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of wild blackberry, seaweed and liquorice combined with delicate smoky-coffee French oak. The palate is medium bodied with a soft round Merlot mouth-feel, black fruit flavours with a touch of dried herbs. This wine will reward careful cellaring, decanting before drinking.

Technical Information

VINTAGE:2014
HARVESTED:31st March -28th April 2014
VARIETY:56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc
ALC/VOL:14.0%
TOTAL ACID:6.39 g/L
pH:3.47
CELLARING:2-8 years

Reviews

“56% cabernet sauvignon, 38% merlot, 6% cabernet franc, matured in fine-grained French oak for 14 months. One of the classics at this price point, over-delivering the goods year in, year out. It makes you wonder why there aren’t more blends such as this in Coonawarra, as the blend has genuine integrity.” Drink to 2029

Author: James Halliday
Publication: Wine Companion 2017
Date:
Rating: 94 points
  • 2013

    Blended from Merlot (52%) from our Avery and Silage vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon (46%) from Walker, Avery and Quarry and Petit Verdot (2%) from Dunstan vineyard. These were combined and matured in French oak for 14 months.

    Dark red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of mulberry, wild blackberry and liquorice combined with delicate smoky-coffee French oak. The palate is medium bodied with a soft round Merlot mouth- feel, black fruit flavours and a touch of dried herbs. This wine will reward careful cellaring, and decant before drinking.

  • 2012

    Blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Merlot (43%), Cabernet Franc (6%). Mid red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of wild blackberry and liquorice combined with delicate smoky-coffee French oak. The palate is medium bodied with a soft round Merlot mouth-feel and black fruit flavours.

    Drink or Hold.

  • 2011

    Blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Merlot (5%), Cabernet Franc (2%). Mid red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of cranberry, wild blackberry and beetroot combined with delicate mocha-coffee French oak. The palate is medium bodied with bright delicate fruit and a firm- tannin backbone.

    Drink or Hold.

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  • Lest We Forget

#anzac #anzacday #lestweforget
  • ANZAC day dawn service tomorrow. 
7:15am: Lone Piper playing
7:20am: Catafalque party will assemble and mount the War Memorial
7:30am: Service
At the Penola War Memorial Park. On completion, the Penola Pipe Band will play on the corner of Church & Arthur Streets. Followed by breakfast at the RSL.

#anzacday #lestweforget
  • Enjoy an afternoon of tasting or a glass of wine & cheese platter with us on the deck. We would love to share our favourite flavours with you 🍷
We're open 12-5 weekends, and 9-5 weekdays. 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #winetasting #cellardoor #cheeseplatter #winebytheglass #familyfriendly #seesouthaustralia
  • #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #wine #friyay #weekend
  • School holiday fun at Balnaves Cellar Door. 🏓⚽ #️balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #familyfriendly #kids #fun #insidegames #outsidegames
  • Vintage 2018 🍇🍷
#vintage18 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #winemaking #vats #redwine #grapes #vintage
  • Every now and then, Mother Nature likes to show us her power - stripping trees and flattening fences with a mini tornado on Saturday.🌪 #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra
  • Go on, grab a glass of wine and make yourself comfortable. You deserve it! #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #cellardoor #familyfriendly #winebytheglass #cheeseplatter
  • Hello Friday 🍷
#balnavesofcoonawarra #weekend #wine #coonawarra #balnaveswine #friyay
  • All the hard work throughout the year comes down to this moment and the days to follow. 🙌 A birds eye view of Vintage 2018🍇  #balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra#vintage18 #vintage #harvest #grapes#vineyards #wine #seesouthaustralia#seeaustralia #balnaveswine
  • A super effort from Shane & Jodie Farley & Luke Schapel who raised $10,000 towards Road Raise at a function in Robe at the The Caledonian Inn. They are riding from Adelaide to Melbourne to raise funds for CanTeen Australia.
  • Join us for the @pcartsfestival. Cupcakes for the kids, wine for the parents. Click on the link in our bio to book for the book reading and drawing demonstration or phone 08 8737 2946.

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