Balnaves `The Tally Reserve` Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (6 x 750mL), SA.


Named in honour of one of Doug Balnaves previous careers as a shearer, Balnaves flagship wine, The Tally Reserve, has established a reputation as one of the premier Coonawarra reds.

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Named in honour of one of Doug Balnaves previous careers as a shearer, Balnaves flagship wine, The Tally Reserve, has established a reputation as one of the premier Coonawarra reds.

SA - Coonawarra
South Australia

Expert Reviews

"Power and grace; loaded with sweet oak, the quality of fruit beneath is up to the task; layered cassis, redcurrant, cedar and violet bouquet; great concentration of fruit on the palate, with a refreshingly vibrant core of acid and pure fruit; lots of slippery fine-grained tannins that counterpoint the vibrant and complex fruit with ease; wonderfully long and satisfying. ProCork. 15% alc. Drink 2025"

Rated 97 Points by James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010 Edition.

Winery Tasting Notes

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Deep rich in colour.


The nose shows fine charry vanillan oak with rich, dark berry blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, and some leather and spice notes.


The palate is rich and round with opulent black fruit flavours and strong tannins reflectiving the strength of this vintage. As with all releases of `The Tally` it is the harmony and balance of this wine which are its outstanding features.

Winery Profile

One of the stars of the Coonawarra region, Balnaves of Coonawarra has had a steady progress since their first planting of 5ha in 1976 to their current position as one of the most acclaimed wineries in the country.

Doug Balnaves and his vineyard manager son, Peter, now have over 58ha of vines planted in Terra Rossa soil, with the bulk, 70% being Cabernet Sauvignon, and smaller proportions of Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay. The blocks are kept small, between 1 and 2ha, to allow a more refined vineyard management, with trellising, clone and row directions all differing as required.

Superstar winemaker Peter Bissell, a Qantas/Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year, then produces wines that reflect this terroir, with a focus on complexity and structure rather than simple varietal fruit characteristics. The wines are designed to be aged to reveal their best, and their structure allows them to shine as an accompaniment to quality foods.

All this care and effort has been reflected in the vast number of industry plaudits awarded, including the highest producer rating and a Winery of the Year award from James Halliday, a Wine of the Year award from Jeremy Oliver, wine show trophies aplenty, and universal critical praise, both internationally and at home.

View Balnaves of Coonawarra website

Other Information

  • 2007 vintage
  • 6 x 750mL units
  • SA - Coonawarra, South Australia
  • Cork closure
  • 14.5% alc.
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