"The Balnaves family, Coonawarra and Cabernet Sauvignon are concentric circles, indivisible from one another,” declares James Halliday. So true: they’re Coonawarra to the core. Doug Balnaves and children Kirsty and Pete were all born in Penola and the winery sits at the heart of the famous Terra Rossa strip, where Doug started planting vines in 1976. Former Qantas Winemaker of the Year Pete Bissell is the other essential piece of the puzzle, helping this producer to the title of James Halliday Winery of the Year in 2008.
99% cabernet sauvignon, 1% petit verdot. Matured in 38% new French oak for 17 months. A sleek little number by any reckoning with plenty of character. Lifted aromas with Coonawarra regional mint, cassis, black cherry. Smooth entry all the way, love the heightened spice content and bitter chocolate. Grainy tannins to close, touch of leather. It's got the lot. Drink to: 2041; Date Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points; Jeni Port; James Halliday Wine Companion
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