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 as well used to ad 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 little difficult grower, easily damaged in spring by heavy winds and ripening late. In the cellar it ferments very fast. This gives the winemaker just little time to extract color and flavor.
The Composition: 100% pure Malbec
The Vintage: 2015
The Region: Paarl, on the slopes of the Du Toit Kloof Mountains, that’s where our grapes are grown. A very small block, west facing, gives our fruits for this wine. Here we get late morning only some sun and a nice evening breeze.
Winemaker: Erik Schouteden
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 berries. 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 Chemestry: Alcohol: 13% Residual Sugar: 3.3 Total Acidity: 6 PH: 3.74
The Winemakers Notes: Red berries, 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 complement this wine very well.
The Volume: 591 bottles only