Balnaves The Blend 2013 750ml
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Balnaves The Blend 2013

Coonawarra - Limestone Coast - Australia

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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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Region: Limestone Coast

The Limestone Coast in Southern Australia has long since been an important wine producing region for the country, with almost one third of all Australian wines being produced there. The region benefits enormously from its coastal position, enjoying a cool maritime climate for much of the year, complete with brisk ocean breezes which help the grapes ripen slowly and fully. Many of the highest quality wines of Australia are made in this special region, most notably the excellent Cabernet Sauvignon wines made from Limestone Coast grapes. However, grapes of both colors grow exceptionally well in the mineral rich soils of Limestone Coast, and wineries have for many decades experimented successfully with a range of grape varietals, making it an interesting and exciting region for wine makers and drinkers alike.

Country: Australia

Whilst most of Australia consists of arid deserts and dense bushland, the oceanic coasts to the south of the country have a terrain and climate ideal for vine cultivation and wine production. It took several decades of failed attempts at the end of the 18th century in order to produce vines of a decent enough quality for making wine, but since those first false starts, the Australian wine industry has continued to grow and grow. Today, wine production makes up for a considerable part of the Australian economy, with exports in recent years reaching unprecedented levels and even overtaking France for the first time ever. Whilst the greatest successes in regards to quality have been the result of the Syrah grape varietal (known locally as Shiraz), Australia utilizes several Old World grapes, and has had fantastic results from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay and more. As the Australian passion for locally produced wine continues to develop, wineries have begun experimenting with a wider range of grape varietals, meaning that nowadays it isn't uncommon to find high quality Australian wines made from Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Viognier, amongst many others.