"Deep, dark and foreboding in the glass, lovely colour. Aromatics of plums, mulberries, chocolate, vanilla and a bit of cedar and tobacco, there's a lot going on here. The palate is all deep, dark and not so mysterious. There's blackberry, mulberry, blackcurrant, you name a dark fruit, it's lurking here somewhere. Then there's a briary, brambly, spice aspect that adds a bit of exotica and then the tannin kicks in to make sure that the wine has true definition, purpose and a raison d'être. A big-time cabernet that doesn't pull any punches. Throw into a decanter, shake it up and give it plenty of air now or stick it away for 15 to 20 years." - Real Review
"Includes 4.2% petit verdot, hand-picked, a long maceration on skins, matured for 18 months in 66% new (French) Chateau barriques from Sylvain and Taransaud. The highly expressive bouquet of cassis, mulberry and herbs married with oak feeds into a powerful palate where savoury tannins brook no argument about their purpose in life. They need petting and soothing for a minimum of 5 years before this comes back into the Balnaves family orbit." - Wine Companion
"This wine is complex and tightly structured, made to cellar with confidence. The Balnaves family see the wine “The Tally” as the ultimate achievement for their company.
Deep rich red in colour, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, mulberry and cassis fruit, and fine vanillan/coffee bean French oak. The palate is rich with fleshy cassis and blackberry fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy grape tannins. This wine is complex and tightly structured and made to cellar with confidence. We recommend decanting before drinking." - Balnaves