Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
Doug Balnaves was a shearer of Merino sheep, recording his count in the tally book to be paid by the number he had sheared. As with all releases of Tally Cabernet Sauvignon, it is the harmony and fine balance which are the outstanding features.
After spells of winemaking at Mountadam, Lindemans, Leo Buring, Pipers Brook and Wynns, winemaking supremo Peter Bissell teamed up with Doug Balnaves, one of the Coonawarra's most experienced viticulturalists. Doug Balnave has been involved in various industry bodies including the SA Wine & Brandy Association, Limestone Coast Wine Industry Council and Coonawarra Vignerons Association. The Tally is assembled from grapes hand picked off Dead Morris Vineyard. The finest bunches are set aside for twenty six days maceration on skins. The Tally was matured sixteen months in completely new Taransaud and Seguin Moreau Chateau barriques before a light egg fining and bottling under procork.
Deep rich red in colour. The nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, elderberry and cassis fruit. The palate is particularly elegant, with coffee and milk chocolate characters adding to the rich, dark fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins. Delicate and refined, decant the Tally before drinking.
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