Balnaves The Blend, Coonawarra 2013 $19-$22
The warm season evidently suited these varieties in Coonawarra as the wine is full-bodied, deep and supple, with lots of fleshy extract and richness. Bright mint and forest floor aromas. It’s 52 per cent merlot, 46 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 2 per cent petit verdot. (14 per cent alcohol; screw cap.)
Score: 89 ★★★½ – view on huonhooke.com
Aging: Drink now to eight years.
Food: Wiener schnitzel with onions and mash.
Stockists: Blackhearts & Sparrows (Vic.); The Oak Barrel (NSW)
Ranked #9 of 25 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend tasted from South Australia
Price Benchmark: $27.00 Avg 89pt 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend tasted from Australia