Balnaves The Blend 2013 750ml
SKU 780113

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

The Limestone Coast of South Australia is one of the country's most important wine producing regions, with almost one third of all Australian wines originating there. As the name suggests, this stretch of coastline is geologically significant, being made primarily of mineral rich limestone, and thus providing plenty of nutrients for the range of grape varietals that thrive there. Interestingly, unlike many of the wine regions of Australia, the Limestone Coast has a healthy water table, meaning there is plenty of moisture below the soil, and thus solving any problems relating to irrigation that causes difficulties for wineries elsewhere in the country. Plenty of different vines flourish in this fertile region, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, and also many white wine varietals such as Chardonnay and Viognier.

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.