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.