Malbec is a black, mellow grape variety originally grown in the Bordeaux, as one of the six grapes used in the blending of red Bordeaux wines.
In the Loire area it's also used to add color to the wines and in the Cahors it's known as Cot, used to soften the tannic wines made from Tannat. These days, Malbec is the premier grape variety in Argentina where it is used as single variety. On the farm, Malbec is a difficult grower, easily damaged in spring by heavy winds and ripening late. In the cellar it ferments very fast. This gives the winemaker little time to extract colour and flavour.
The Composition: 100% pure Malbec
The Vintage: 2018
The Region: Paarl, on the slopes of the Du Toit Kloof Mountains. A very small block facing west gives our fruits for this wine. Here we get late morning only some sun and a nice evening breeze.
The Vinification: Fully ripe grapes were harvested in the early morning by hand and then brought to the cellar. Crushed and destemmed, the whole mash went through a cold soak for 2 days at 10 degrees. This way we get maximum extraction of the grapes. The fermentation took 2 weeks with regular plunge downs by hand, again to get maximum extraction. Malolactic was done in the tank and then put for up to 18 months in 225 litres oak barrels.
The Winemakers Notes: Red berries and floral aromas pop up in the nose. This all finished on the palette with a lingering aftertaste of spices like Eucaliptus and mint.
The Optimal Drinkability: Now, but can age for another 3 years.
The Food Match: Roast of lamb, beef fillet and even roasted venison would compliment this wine very well.
The Volume: 591 bottles only
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