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Balnaves - Coonawarra Cabernet/Merlot 2013


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Maker: Pete Bissell
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon , 9% Merlot
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16.5 (2010) WS: 93 (2012) JH: 95 (2012) WF: 92 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Deep red in colour, the nose is plush with round blackberry, elderberry and cassis fruits and toasty oak. The palate is lighter bodied, with soft dark plum, cassis fruit and fine grain tannins.

Winery Information


The Balnaves

Expert Reviews (2010)16.5 pts

Tasted Sep 2013 - Sweet and creamy - much more 'New World' than most of their range. Finishes with a savoury kick and plenty of furry tannins. Nicely done. (RH) When to drink : Now - 2020.

Wine Spectator (2012)93 pts

April 30, 2015 - Focused and expressive, layering the red berry, black plum, licorice and pumpkin pie notes with finesse and density. The flavors linger easily against moderate tannins. Drink now through 2022.

James Halliday (2012)95 pts

A 91/9% blend, destemmed and berry-sorted prior to fermentation, matured for 17 months in new and used French oak from the best coopers. This wine over-delivers at every point along the way, starting with its opulent bouquet, with its mix of red and black fruits, then a velvety, rich cassis-driven palate before moving into cedary, lingering finish, there supported by persistent, fine-grained tannins.

Wine Front (2012)92 pts

Brings leaf, olive and herbs to the table. The backing is all blackcurrant and blackberry. Gentle bitterness to the finish, not in a negative way, with sinewy tannin leading you out into the future. Not at all showy. Balanced and cellar worthy.

Vinification Notes

A 91/9% blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot. Fruit was destemmed and sorted prior to fermentation. Wine was then matured for 17 months in new and used French oak from Seguin Moreau, Saury and Dargaud and Jaegle prior to bottling in October 2013.