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.
Produced by Balnaves since 1992 this wine is made in the traditional style of Australian Sparkling Burgundies although most of these are made with Shiraz. Balnaves have chosen Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to make this modern sparkling burgundy as we believe Cabernet Sauvignon, of all the grapes grown in Coonawarra, shows the most character and consistency. The 2003 release has been blended from reserve wines from six vintages, including vintage 2000 (44%), 1999 (20%), 1998 (15%), 1997 (14%), 1996 (5%) and 1995 (2%).
The base blend was put together and matured in well seasoned French oak for 12 months and then tiraged (sparkled) in July 2001. The wine was again matured in bottles on yeast lees for 19 months to gain softness and complexity followed by disgorging in February 2003. Mature vintage port and concentrated grape juice was used to sweeten the final wine, (the liqueuring). Rich and complex with blackcurrant, blackberry and sweet earth mature Coonawarra Cabernet characters, this wine is ready to drink on release, however it will gain complexity and softness with careful cellaring. Drink very cold during summer as a refreshing start to any meal.
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