2015 Shiraz

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Medium bodied with fleshy dark liquorice/berry fruit, spicy notes and a soft grainy tannin finish.

Tasting Note

The Balnaves Coonawarra Vineyard was established in 1975, and is situated at the southern end of the Coonawarra Terra strip. The family has been associated with the district since 1855 and Doug, Annette, Kirsty and Pete Balnaves remain fully committed to a high level of ‘hands-on’ involvement.

Vintage 2015 produced excellent Shiraz. Sourced from our 41-year-old Paulownia Shiraz vineyard. Low yielding vines were picked at 13.8baume, berry-sorted and then open top fermented for 10 days. Matured for 15 months in new (52%) and second fill (48%) French oak prior to bottling in October 2016.

Deep red in colour, the nose shows intense perfumed dark wild blackberry fruit, interwoven with spice and toasty vanillin notes. The palate is medium bodied with fleshy dark liquorice/berry fruit, spicy notes and a soft grainy tannin finish. This wine will reward from careful cellaring and we recommend decanting before drinking.

Technical Information

VINTAGE:2015
HARVESTED:April 2015
VARIETY:100% Shiraz
ALC/VOL:14.0%
TOTAL ACID:6.98 g/l
pH:3.50
CELLARING:5-10 years but will drink well now

Reviews

From the 41yo Paulownia Vineyard, matured for 18 months in French oak (35% new) immaculately made from quality estate grapes. The mix of plum, dark cherry and blackberry is only medium-bodied, but it has swallowed the oak with the ease that you will have in swallowing this wine. One of the style lighthouses in Coonawarra. To 2035.

Author: James Halliday
Publication: Wine Companion 2018
Date: August 2017
Rating: 95 points
  • 2013

    Vintage 2013 produced excellent shiraz from Dunstan and Kidman vineyards, ripening in late March which is considerably later than in recent years. Matured for 19 months in new (68%) second fill (16%) French oak from Seguin Moreau, Dargaud+Jaegle and Le Grand cooperages. This wine was bottled in December 2014.

    Deep red in colour, the nose shows intense perfumed dark blackberry fruit, interwoven with spice and toasty vanillin notes. The palate is medium bodied with fleshy dark liquorice/berry fruit, spicy notes and a soft grainy tannin finish. This wine will improve with further careful cellaring and decanting before drinking. Hold

  • 2010

    This shiraz was co-fermented with a small volume of Viognier to add lift and perfume to the nose and produce a rounder mouth-feel. Deep red in colour, the nose shows perfumed dark blackberry fruit, interwoven with spice and toasty vanillin notes. The palate is medium bodied with fleshy dark liquorice/berry fruit,spicy notes and a soft grippy tannin finish. Hold.

  • 2009

    Deep red in colour, the nose shows perfumed dark blackberry fruit, interwoven with spice and toasty vanillan notes. The palate is medium bodied with fleshy dark liquorice/berry fruit, pepper notes and a firm chewy tannin finish.

    Hold.

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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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