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Balnaves Coonawarra 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Another beauty we rescued from the collapse of a so called wine investment scheme, this smooth, rich wine is a classic Coonawarra cabernet and is now ready to drink. With the lovely ripe fruit balanced by excellent, fine grained tannins, this gently dry wine is at its peak and strongly recommended. Very limited. Do try and decant it if possible. (NB : cork closure)

Balnaves Coonawarra 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Balnaves is rated a 5 star winery by Halliday, and has been for well over a decade. It is one of the great names in Coonawarra – thus winemaker Peter Bissell was Qantas "Winemaker of the Year in 2005 and Balnaves was Hallidays “Winery of the Year” in 2008. Due to their reputation, their wine was purchased by a so called wine investment syndicate that was run by a couple of English spivs – this almost inevitably went broke and the unfortunate investors lost most of their investment. The corporate undertakers (this time McGrath Nichol) spent 5 years extracting their fees, the investors ended up with perhaps 20% of their investment cost and finally we were able to selectively purchase wines such as this lovely old Coonawarra cabernet. Like the 1999 Cab Merlot, this beautifully packaged red is from an outstanding year and is in great condition and ready to enjoy. Despite its age, the deep plum colour has lovely clarity and depth and while the bouquet shows excellent complexity and development it is still fresh and clean. Beautifully smooth, it has lovely suppleness highlighted with rich, ripe fruit and is all balanced by long, gentle and fine-grained tannins. This gently dry wine is a rare opportunity to see how wonderful well-made and fully mature Coonawarra cabernet’s can be. Drinking perfectly now, we would recommend that you gently decant it (even if only into a water jug) and then relatively quickly straight into your glass. Very limited. (NB : cork closure – the corks are in excellent condition)

Additional Information

Maker Balnaves
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 1999
Region Coonawarra, South Australia
Vintage Ranking 8 +/ 10
Alcohol Content 14.0%
Best Drinking now to mid 2017

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