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Balnaves The Blend 2013 750ml
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Balnaves The Blend 2013

Balnaves - Limestone Coast - Australia - Coonawarra

Professional Wine Reviews for Balnaves The Blend 2013

Rated 90 by Stephen Tanzer
Deep ruby-red. Fresh dark berries, licorice and pipe tobacco on the fragrant nose, with a hint of vanilla emerging slowly. Sappy, focused and light on its feet, showing a subtle sweetness and a touch of black pepper to its bitter cherry and cassis flavors. Becomes firmer and spicier on the finish, which is framed by chewy, slow-building tannins.
Rated 90 by Wine Spectator
The fresh cherry and plum flavors show fragrant accents of mint and anise. This is polished and bright on the long finish, where all the elements sing in harmony. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2026. 2,000 cases made.

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Winery: Balnaves

Region: Limestone Coast

In south-eastern Australia, close to the border of Victoria, we find the Limestone Coast – one of Australia's best known and most highly regarded wine regions which produces up to a third of the country's wines each year. Limestone Coast is notably for many reasons; the cool, maritime climate which allows the grapes to ripen slowly and fully makes it a favorite for vintners and wine lovers alike, and the high quality soil rich in minerals often results in characterful wines with plenty of terroir expression. Interestingly, unlike other Australian wine regions, the Limestone Coast has a very healthy water table, meaning that irrigation is no issue in the region, and the vines remain healthy even through the dry ripening season. Plenty of different varietals flourish there, and red wine grapes grow to full ripeness in the warmer areas of the coastline, whilst fine white varietals such as Viognier grow very well indeed in the cooler parts.

Country: Australia

Despite much of Australia being covered by dry, arid deserts and bushland, the southern regions of the country and islands such as Tasmania have proved to be ideal for vineyard cultivation and wine production. The fertile soils and brisk oceanic breezes, coupled with the blazing Australian sunshine allow the grapes to grow to full ripeness before a late harvest, resulting in hugely flavorful wines which appeal to a wide international audience. Combine this with the experimental and daring approach Australian wineries have in regards to wine production, and it becomes clear why Australia has relatively quickly become something of a world leader when it come to exporting their produce to Europe and America. The Shiraz and Chardonnay grape varietals have produced the most successful and broadly appreciated results over the decades, however, in more recent years wineries have begun experimenting with a much wider range of grape varietals, demonstrating how Australian wineries are continuing to adapt and develop alongside international palates.