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The Balnaves Coonawarra Vineyard was established in 1975, and is situated at the southern end of the Coonawarra Terra Rossa Strip. The family, which has been associated with the district since 1855, remains fully committed to a high level of ‘hands-on' involvement. 

Balnaves have almost 70ha of high quality estate vineyards. The wines are invariably excellent, often outstanding, notable for their supple mouthfeel, varietal integrity, balance and length; the tannins are always fine and ripe, the oak subtle and perfectly integrated. Coonawarra at its best. Balnaves is arguably the most consistent producer of chardonnay in Coonawarra. James Halliday

Pete Bissell gets chardonnay to a level unequalled by any other winemaker in the region. Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed direct to Louis Latour barriques (20% new) for 45% wild and 55% cultured yeast fermentation, matured for 11 months on lees. Bissell nailed the harvest date of 20 Feb, posing the fruit between citrus and stone fruit, nougat, honey and creamy notes to come in the future. Drink by: 2025; Price: $30.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2017; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

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