Product details

2016 Cabernet Merlot

2016 Cabernet Merlot

2016 Cabernet Merlot

Coonawarra, SA

Rich and structured, with dense fruit and fine grain tannins.

$28 per bottle
    James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
    James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
    95 / 100
    “A sleek, taut wine of perfect proportions: 82% cabernet and 18% merlot, toned by 12 months in tight-grain Troncais and Jupiles French oak. Few in Coonawarra manage tannins like Pete Bissell. Fine-boned, ripe tannins that serve as a vector of quality, chaperoning currant, damson plum, anise, bitter chocolate and a swathe of dried herb flavours to a long, effortless finish of grace over bluster; energy over heft; a pucker rather than a rasp; a grin over a grimace. Lovely wine!”

    Wine Details

    • Region Coonawarra
    • Vintage 2016
    • Type Red Wine
    • Variety Cabernet Merlot
    • Volume 750ml
    • Alcohol Volume 14%
    • PH

      3.49

    • Acidity

      5.82 G/L

    • Closure ScrewCap
    • Background

      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.

    • Winemaking

      Vintage 2015 was mild with slow ripening conditions, due to cool night-time temperatures with fruit harvested early April. Cabernet Sauvignon from our Old Paulownia Cab, 1976 Original plantings, Dead Morris and Avery vineyards (90%) was blended with Rise Merlot (10%), followed by 15 months in tight-grain French oak.

    • Tasting Notes

      Deep rich red in colour, the nose is fine with aromas of pure cassis, violets and seaweed, combined with fine mocha-coffee French oak. The palate is rich with ripe cassis fruit and a soft mature tannin finish. This wine will reward careful cellaring and we recommend decanting before drinking.

    • Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential

      This wine will reward careful cellaring and we recommend decanting before drinking.

    James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
    James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
    95 / 100
    “A sleek, taut wine of perfect proportions: 82% cabernet and 18% merlot, toned by 12 months in tight-grain Troncais and Jupiles French oak. Few in Coonawarra manage tannins like Pete Bissell. Fine-boned, ripe tannins that serve as a vector of quality, chaperoning currant, damson plum, anise, bitter chocolate and a swathe of dried herb flavours to a long, effortless finish of grace over bluster; energy over heft; a pucker rather than a rasp; a grin over a grimace. Lovely wine!”

    Wine Details

    • Region Coonawarra
    • Vintage 2016
    • Type Red Wine
    • Variety Cabernet Merlot
    • Volume 750ml
    • Alcohol Volume 14%
    • PH

      3.49

    • Acidity

      5.82 G/L

    • Closure ScrewCap
    • Background

      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.

    • Winemaking

      Vintage 2015 was mild with slow ripening conditions, due to cool night-time temperatures with fruit harvested early April. Cabernet Sauvignon from our Old Paulownia Cab, 1976 Original plantings, Dead Morris and Avery vineyards (90%) was blended with Rise Merlot (10%), followed by 15 months in tight-grain French oak.

    • Tasting Notes

      Deep rich red in colour, the nose is fine with aromas of pure cassis, violets and seaweed, combined with fine mocha-coffee French oak. The palate is rich with ripe cassis fruit and a soft mature tannin finish. This wine will reward careful cellaring and we recommend decanting before drinking.

    • Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential

      This wine will reward careful cellaring and we recommend decanting before drinking.