These comments on the Balnaves The Tally Cabernet Sauvignon come from Ralph Kyte-Powell in the SMH of 25 July…

“The combination of the Balnaves family’s great grapes and Peter Bissell’s inspired winemaking provides us with some of the Coonawarra region’s best wines. The Tally is their top cabernet and it appears only when conditions in the vineyard are spot-on. The last release was the great 2001; the ’04 is a worthy follow-up. It has a dense ox-blood colour and a complex, savoury nose. There’s a briary edge to concentrated blackcurrant-like fruit, with hints of mint and black olive, and a supurbly balanced dressing of cedary oak. The palate has ultra-fine texture and subtly refined flavour that’s austere but still well concentrated and ripe, ahead of a long finish resting on fine, dry tannins. Will age for two to 12 years plus.

Food pairing: rack of lamb; roasted winter vegetable lasagne.”

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