Featured Red Wine for August – 2014 Balnaves Coonawarra Carbernet/Merlot

Published on August 11, 2022

The Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip is a very odd patch of ground 250 miles south of Adelaide.  It is a rectangle, 9 miles long and 1 mile wide of completely level, distinctively red soil, that was found in the 1960s to provide perfect conditions to grow Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.   Coonawarra’s soil was not the only reason for this marriage made in heaven.  It is further south and hence cooler than any other South Australian wine region.  The Balnaves family vineyard is situated at the southern end of this famous strip. Planted in 1974, the vineyard is now 58 hectares in size (70% of which is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon) and has been in the family for three generations.

The Winecroft featured red wine for August is the 2014 Balnaves Coonawarra Carbernet/Merlot.  This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and a little Merlot. Deep red in colour, the nose is concentrated with round blackberry, pure cassis and violets, combined with fine mocha-coffee from the time in French oak. The palate is lighter-bodied, with soft dark plum, cassis fruit and fine grain tannins.  Perfect for the BBQ when you switch to red!

This wine is on the wine list at Hambleton Hall in Rutland, the restaurant with the UK’s longest-retained Michelin star.

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