Balnaves Cabernet Merlot 2011




Deep red in colour, the nose is complex with dark blackberry, elderberry, cassis fruit and a touch of olive. The palate is medium bodied, with a taught lean structure, dark fruit and firm tannin. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins.

Balnaves` 35 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are split up into sub blocks (some only one hectare in area), on the basis of soil type, clone variation, trellis type etc. This enables Balnaves to adopt different treatments for these smaller areas. Balnaves has the ability to apply supplementary water through a central computer to all the vineyards, but at least one third has not been watered for five years. The vines are between 12 and 22 years old, and are trained on a single wire.

Vintage 2011 was cool with a very wet growing season, resulting in picking at lower baumes than normal. Harvest took place from the 30th of March to the 4th of April.

After fermentation the wine was matured for 17 months in new and used French oak from St Martin, Seguin Moreau, Sylvain and Saury prior to bottling in November 2012.

14% abv



Balnaves Cabernet Merlot 2011
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