2012 Balnaves, The Tally Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Balnaves, The Tally Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Balnaves, The Tally Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

The famous Coonawarra 'Terra Rossa' strip vineyards produce a compact, deeply flavoured red, with perfumed red berries, violets and wild blackberry fruit.

Availability: 1-2 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £255.00
This wine is deep red in colour and the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruit. The palate is firm and full bodied with cassis and blackberry characters. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy tannins.

2012 Balnaves, The Tally Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

The Balnaves' family vineyard is situated at the southern end of the famous Coonawarra 'Terra Rossa' strip. Planted in 1975, the vineyard is 48 hectares in size and has been in the family for three generations. The predominant variety planted is Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Pete Bissell was the Qantas Winemaker of the Year 2005 and Balnaves was James Halliday's Winery of the Year in 2008.

Balnaves' 35 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are split up into sub blocks (some just one hectare each), on the basis of soil, clone variation, trellis type etc. This enables Balnaves to tailor specific viticultural techniques to each of these smaller areas ensuring the correct support is provided to each vine. At least one third of the vineyard has been dry farmed for the last five years with the rest only receiving irrigation at critical growth stages. Fruit for ‘The Tally’ was sourced from the Dead Morris vineyard.

Grapes were handpicked and carefully sorted at the winery. Fruit underwent a long period of maceration on the skins prior to fermentation. Maturation lasted for 20 months in 50% new fine-grained Château barriques from Seguin Moreau, Taransaud and Sylvain cooperages, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2013.

The 2012 vintage began with mild and warm weather, which promoted early budburst and vegetative growth. Lack of frost and frequent rains maintained this early growing season. Strong winds during flowering resulted in poorer fruit set than in previous vintages and high temperatures during early berry development resulted in small berries. This meant yields were significantly reduced but the quality and aromatic potential of fruit was not impaired. 2012 has been hailed by winegrowers and critics as a vintage to collect.