Man, have had some rough days at work recently so was looking forward to drinking some great wine. I was schedules to get into some basket press today but alas, that is for another great time. Today we are going to check out the “Balnaves of Coonawarra”.

The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Coonawarra

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% alco

The Tally, flagship of the Balnaves, sits in the Langton’s Outstanding classification and regularly scores highly and sits amongst the company of Australia’s greatest Cabernets. The 2009 Tally was sourced entirely from a single parcel from Dead Morris Vineyard, handpicked for the first time to select only the best bunches and all of the blend received a long maceration on skins for a period of 26 days. Maturation was 16 months in new fine-grained Chateau barriques mostly from Taransaud and some from Seguin Moreau cooperages, before light egg fining and bottling in December 2010, under procork.

Initially the nose was extremely closed and tight. The wine in the decanter for almost 4 hours so I was extremely surprised at this. I decided to give it some more time before reviewing. Another hour later…nose is extremely fruity and oaky. There is a red and purple mix berries with yogurt aspect to this wine and there is also an egg custard thing happening. There is some spices of cinnamon and leaves you with a liquorice/sambuca finish.

The initial taste on the palate was brown sugar with a sharp orange peel scented creme brulee. It continued this trend peppered with peppery notes throughout. There is a rounded mouthfeel, though light to med bodied with a light tannin structure. The flavours linger in the finish but not very long. There were some creamy yet sour plum aspect here which is pleasant and a general slight bitterness to the wine and coca cola.

I am usually not a fan of wines from Coonawarra and this is probably the first one that I kinda liked. It’s a powerful representation of a Cabernet and I can see many new world fans clamoring for this wine. Fairly layered, rich and will develop further and improve with cellaring. Having said that, don’t think the flavour profile agrees with my palate. I usually find a chesty bitterness to wines from Coonawarra which I don’t like and this is no different.  One more thing I don’t agree with is the price. This wine retails for $80 – $90. Although you do get a better wine, I think you can get similar flavour profiles of slightly lower quality at half the price. If this wine was at the $50 mark, I would consider it.

All in all, a good solid wine, one for the new world fans and if you have had this before, please post and let me hear your thoughts!

Thanks guys

Kenny

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