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 2015 was warm and mild with cool nights. Merlot (60%) from Avery, Silage, and Rise vineyards was combined with Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) from our new French ENTAV clones (338 + 412) Gumtree Cabernet Franc (5%) and Dunstan Petit Verdot (2%). This blend was then matured in fine grained French oak for 14 months.
Dark red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of wild anise 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, with a touch of liquorice and blueberry. This wine will reward careful cellaring, and we recommend decanting before drinking.