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Balnaves Cabernet Merlot

Balnaves Cabernet Merlot

Balnaves Cabernet Merlot

  •  Cabernet Sauvignon from our Dead Morris, Walker and Avery vineyards (80%), was blended with Rise Merlot (19.5%) and Dunstan Petit Verdot (0.5%).

  • Winemaking

    This wine spent 18 months in tight-grain French oak from Sylvain, St Martin and Seguin Moreau cooperages, before bottling in December 2015.

  • Tasting Notes

    80% Cabernet Sauvignon 19.5% Merlot 0.5% Petit Verdot

  • Bouquet

    Deep rich red in colour, the nose is concentrated with aromas of pure cassis, violets, blackberry, combined with fine mocha-coffee French oak.

  • Palate

    The palate is rich with ripe cassis fruit and a structured tannin finish. The wine will reward careful cellaring and decanting before drinking.

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Balnaves Cabernet Merlot

Producer: Region: South Australia, CoonawarraVintage: 2017Grape Details: Cabernet Merlot BlendSKU: BALNA02

£26.00 a bottle

7 in stock



Balnaves is a small family owned wine company situated on the prized Coonawarra “terra rossa” soils. The winemaker here is Peter Bissell who made a great name for himself at Wynns producing a range of trophy winning wines. He is certainly continuing his reputation at Balnaves – James Halliday ranked the 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon as one of Australia’s top five of this grape.

South Australia

Coonawarra is considered the most renowned wine region in Australia. It has the ‘terra rossa’ soils and some great winemakers, and subsequently responsible for some of the best wines produced in Australia. Most notably red wines and Cabernet Sauvignon in particular. The first vineyard was planted in the 1880s at Yallum, (John Riddoch’s). The region did not establish its reputation as a winemaking area until the 1950s when Wynns and Penfolds purchased acreage on the back of a resurgence in the table wine market. Investment by large and small companies led to expansion, securing Coonawarrra’s status as a great wine. The climate is regarded as Mediterranean. The main wine styles: Red – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet-Merlot blend, Shiraz; White – Chardonnay.

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