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Balnaves Coonawarra (SA) 1999 Cabernet Merlot

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RUNNING VERY LOW ! Rescued from the collapse of a so called wine investment scheme, this smooth, rich wine is a beauty and ready to drink. With flavours of blackberry and chocolate overlaid with lovely fresh acid, it closes with a long, persistent gently drying finish. Beautiful wine that ideally should be gently decanted, even if only a water jug is available ! (NB : cork closure)

Balnaves Coonawarra (SA) 1999 Cabernet Merlot

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RUNNING VERY LOW ! 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 totally delicious, fully mature blend. This beautifully packaged red from an outstanding year is 95% cabernet and thus still in perfect order. This 17 year old red is a very deep red in colour and shows wonderful clean aromas of soft plum, Christmas cake and a hint of chocolate. It is full bodied with a lovely balance of fruit sweetness and fresh acidity. Supple and smooth, it has delicious, rich flavours of dark plum and a touch of chocolate balanced by still fresh acid – this is all supported by slowly emerging fine-grained tannins resulting in a long, persistent but gently drying finish. 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. This is a beauty that is ready to drink and impress ! (NB : cork closure – the corks are in excellent condition)

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Maker Balnaves
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon (95%) Merlot (5%)
Vintage 1999
Region Coonawarra, South Australia
Vintage Ranking 9 / 10
Alcohol Content 13.5%
Best Drinking now to mid 2018

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