Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet 2010


Nick Stock 97 points!
Tyson Stelzer 96 Points!
Campbell Mattinson 95 points!

Australia, SA, Coonawarra
750mL
#Red  #Cabernet  #Balnaves  #Balnaves 'The Tally' Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  #South Australia  #Coonawarra  

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Nick Stock 97 points!
"The Tally, representing the top rung of Balnaves' cabernet-based reds, is given the full dose of fine French timber, and the fruit carries it off with regal style. This has cedary black fruit aromas, plums, vanillin, fresh, dark leaves and freshly tilled earthy notes. Fruit flavour bubbles up through the palate amid tannins that are supple, elongated and sturdy in character, the balance is right on and the finish leaves you salivating. Cellar with confidence; this is impeccable."
The Age SMH Good Wine Guide 2013.
Tyson Stelzer 96 Points!
"The generous 2010 season instils an immediate appeal in The Tally, yet still upholding the cage of rigid, finely structured tannins that provide Tally its long-enduring potential. Succulent, deep and enticing blackberries and black plums are lifted by fragrant violet perfume, undiminished by long skin maceration and 19 months in new French oak barrels. A strong future is guaranteed, albeit in a generously fruited and immediately enticing guise."
Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly
Campbell Mattinson 95 points!
The "standard" 2010 cabernet sauvignon from Balnaves is excellent; this Reserve version isn't a whole lot better, but it is a smidge. Both are outstanding examples of the potency of the Balnaves-Bissell combination.

Fruit power, strength of tannin, fineness and finesse. It's all here. Layers of blackcurrant and bay leaves, peppermint and rich dark plum. There's a chocolatey/pencilly note here too but really, this presents as a seamless whole. The quality is outstanding. The length, the poise, the structural foundation. Tip-top Coonawarra cabernet.
Wine Front, 27 May 2013.
"A very good nose with cassis, blackberry and layered complexity. Balanced palate with a good tannin bite."
Peter Bourne, GT Wine June/July 2013.