2017 Balnaves Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot

Coonawarra Australia


£31.00 now, and £31.00 on the 15th of each month

An award-winning mature Aussie Cab Sav from the famous Coonawarra terra rosa strip


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First payment: 15th March 2024

SKU: Balnaves Cab Sav 2017 Categories: ,

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    Perfectly balanced

    Grape Variety

    80% Cabernet Sauvignon , 19% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot







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    Flavour Characteristics

    Black Plum Black Plum

    Blackberry Blackberry

    Blackcurrant Blackcurrant

    Cedar Cedar

    Chocolate Chocolate

    Coffee Coffee

    Violet Violet

    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.

    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.


    How to serve it


    Pairs well with

    Beef, lamb, and game, simply prepared. Braised lamb shanks, grilled steaks, and roast prime rib are good choices. Meatloaf.  Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheese.


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