Balnaves The Blend 2015 750ml
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Balnaves The Blend 2015

Coonawarra - Limestone Coast - Australia

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Rated 92 by James Suckling
Very good-value red with an exuberant array of fresh berries and knockabout tannins. Always reliable, this wine. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Drink now. Screw cap.
Rated 91 by Wine Advocate
Predominantly Merlot (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (33%), with bits of Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (2%), Balnaves' 2015 The Blend is a full-bodied, rich, ripe, almost lusty red. Subtle notes of menthol and oak spice mark the nose, while the palate is open yet structured and firm, with a juicy, mouthwatering finish of cassis, cinnamon and clove.

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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

With over sixteen thousand hectares of Australian land now under vine, Australia has become something of a world leader in regards to wine production. One of Australia's key attributes to their success has been their willingness to leave traditional vineyard practices to one side, and develop techniques which are perfectly suited to a New World country. Modern Australian wineries take into consideration the climate and the unique soil types which cover much of their country, and have had fantastic results from cross-breeding programs and blending practices which make the most of the grape varietals which thrive most successfully there, notably the Shiraz and Chardonnay grapes. In recent years, Australia has been lauded as the 'most influential' wine producing country in the world, and the rest of the New World is looking down under for inspiration, and the ability to produce comparable fine wines on their own terrain.