Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (cleverly named after the shearer’s ‘tally’) is a superbly crafted ultra-fine wine and has the distinction of being one of Australia’s best Cabernets. It is the ultimate Grand Vin blended from the best parcels of fruit from Balnaves extensive vineyard including Walker block, Dead Morris vineyard and Quarry vineyards. The wine is batch-vinified in open top stainless-steel fermenters with post fermentation maceration of around 20-25 days to help “refine the tannin structure and elongate flavors”. Maturation takes place in a mix of tightly grained new and seasoned French oak barriques and hogsheads for 16-20 months.
The Tally Reserve with its mulberry, blackberry, dark liquor ice fruit, seductive richness, lacy structure and complex tannin flavors epitomizes a rigorous selection that captures the essence and expression of a recognized vintage. It is only made when the growing season allows.
Deep rich red in color, the nose is perfumed with perfectly ripened dark blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruit. The palate is medium bodied and fine, with fleshy cassis and blackberry fruit. The finish is long and textured with fine grainy tannins. This wine is complex and tightly structured, made to cellar with confidence and decant before drinking.