FIRST RELEASE MALBEC

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    A small production wine made from estate fruit. Our First Release Malbec is now in its third vintage. A wine of the most penetrating purple colour with flavours and aromas that resonate this strong initial impression.

    Reviews

    Vinonotebook on the 2016 vintage: This wine has incredible immediate appeal: Smoked ham hocks, spice nibs (primarily clove, anise), plum, bluestone/gravel, blueberry and creamy malt. Cereal, crispy corn kernels, bacon, pan jus, dried blueberries and cigar smoke. Smooth, even, refined palate with dried fruits, purple flowers and that slightly savoury, rustic meaty goodness. The long finish of gossamer tannins promote good chary protein matching drinkability. Delicious. Rating: 18/20
    -Reagen Drew, VINONOTEBOOK
    Halliday on the 2016 vintage: It's more about freshness and character than it is about depth or any great intensity, which is fine in itself but might make the price a bridge too far. It tastes of leather and assorted fresh berries and has an easy-going, juicy appeal. 92pts. Drink by 2025.
    -Campbell Mattinson, Halliday, WINE COMPANION

    Tasting Notes

    Again only a small quantity of this wine was produced, just six barrels in fact. The result is a wine of the most penetrating purple colour with flavours and aromas that resonate this strong initial impression. Rich, dense and elegant, and loaded with perfume, violets, dark fruits, silky, solid tannins and acid balance. The undeniable concentration on the palate continues to a long and pleasing finish.

    Vinification

    One row of vines was isolated from our estate vines in Langhorne Creek. Only French oak was used to allow the Malbec fruit to have its full expression. Extended maceration helped to accentuate the depth of colour and aroma.

    Vintage

    The Langhorne Creek wine region experienced a long, slow vintage in 2017, beginning with high winter and spring rainfall leading into an extended, cool ripening phase. Reminiscent of long-past vintages, the grape harvest for 2017 kicked off a good two weeks later than the previous year in Langhorne Creek, with reds not hitting their stride until late March. Malbec thrived in this vintage due to the long, cool ripening period.
    -2017

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