Balnaves The Tally Cabernet Sauvignon 2007



13th October, 2011

Richard Hemming, 17.5 points

Lovely texture - firm but fair. Balanced, round, charming. Long, minty finish - very classic.

28th December, 2010

Richard Hemming, 17.5 points

Dense black fruit, potent and opaque...bound to age very well.

Australian Wine Companion

1st February, 2009

James Halliday, 97 points

'Best Cabernet Sauvignon'

Power and grace; loaded with sweet oak, the quality of fruit beneath is up to the task; layered cassis, redcurrant, cedar and violet bouquet; great concentration of fruit on the palate, with a refreshingly vibrant core of acid and pure fruit; lots of slippery fine-grained tannins that counterpoint the vibrant and complex fruit with ease; wonderfully long and satisfying.

Langtons Magazine

1st July, 2011

Andrew Caillard MW, 92 points

Deep colour. Blackcurrant pastille/ blackberry/ mint/ herb garden aromas with some savoury/ nuances. Supple, almost juicy, blackcurrant pastille/ brambly flavours with fine slinky loose knit tannins and underlying savoury/ spicy oak. Finishes...long and flavourful.

Gourmet Traveller Wine

1st October, 2010

Langton`s 2010 Classification of Australian Wine

Outstanding Category

The Tally, with its mulberry, blackberry, dark liquorice fruit, seductive richness, lacy structure and complex tannin flavours, epitomises a rigorous selection that captures the essence of a recognised vintage. It is only made when the growing season allows.



Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with dark blackberry fruit with some classic cooler vintage notes of black olive and liquorice. The palate is lean and tight with dark fruit and some leathery fine-grained tannins. The finish is long and textured with slightly more grippy grape tannins than previous vintages as a result of the cooler vintage. A perfectly balanced leaner style Tally reflecting the vintage conditions.


Among his many pursuits, Doug Balnaves was a shearer of Merino sheep. A shearer in Australia is paid by the number of sheep he shears. Counted every two hour period, the Tally is recorded in the Tally book. The higher the Tally, the greater the recognition among his peers for skill and hard work. As an expression of this tradition, the Balnaves family see the wine ‘The Tally‘ as the ultimate achievement for their company. Balnaves` 35 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are split up into sub blocks (some only 1 hectare in area), on the basis of soil type, clone variation, trellis type etc. This enables Balnaves to program different treatments for these smaller areas. Supplementary water can be supplied using a central computer system, but at least one third of the vineyard has not been watered for five years. The vines are trained on a single wire. The fruit for this wine is sourced from their Dead Morris Vineyard (79%) and Quarry Block vineyard (21%).

Vintage information

A very dry winter without normal winter rains preceded budburst. Spring brought a series of frosts with four very severe frosts during September, which burnt 70% of Coonawarra‘s vineyard area. Balnaves lost 90% of their fruit but fortunately their best vineyards were protected by sprinklers.


56% of the blend received a long maceration on skins. Maturation was for 16 months in new fine-grained barrels from Seguin Moreau, Saury and Sylvain cooperages, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2008 under Procork.

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