2019 Nightfall Wines ‘The Balance’ Dry Red

Work life balance, a balanced diet, team balance, balance the books.  We tend to hear all about ‘balance’ these days and don’t get me wrong, it is an important aspect of our lives. For me, it is just as important when it comes to wine, and by that I don’t just mean balance between fruit and tannin and acid and all the technical things used to make wine. 

For example, when it comes to bringing particular varieties together with the intention of making red wine blend.  Each variety brings a different nuance to a wine, so they need to complement each other and to be able to get that ‘team balance’ if you like.  I think this is more of the type of ‘balance’ people need in their lives.

This has quite a pretty nose, a little perfumed, and red berries come through nicely indeed.  Plenty to like on the rich, fruitful palate.  Soft yet concentrated black fruit flavours are front and centre for me when tasting it and then other characters come in supporting this lovely fruit.  There’s a little herbal/leafy note, nicely played oak, and the tannins are nice and fine on the lengthy finish.  After tasting this wine, I think Sam Brand has got ‘The Balance’ just right. 


Region: Coonawarra, SA     Price: $80     Source: Thanks kindly to Sam Brand and Nightfall Wines

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