We are very excited to release our first ever Malbec. We have been considering the fruit from our estate vines for a number of years. We decided 2015, when the Malbec really started to express itself, that the time was right to begin this journey.
Variety: 100% Malbec
Region: Langhorne Creek
Soil: Sandy loam
Only six barrels of this intense and pure Malbec were produced. The result is a wine of the most penetrating purple colour with flavours and aromas that resonate this strong initial impression. Wave after wave of purple blueberry and juniper flavors are interspersed with floral aromas of lilac and wisteria. The undeniable concentration on the palate continues to a long and pleasing finish.
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. This wine revels in the pure expression of this classic Langhorne Creek grape.
Good winter rainfall offered cover crops for a moisture-retaining mulch throughout the dry spring and summer. The lack of rainfall over the growing period led to lower yields. Summer saw mostly cool temperatures and an early vintage with most of the region’s fruit off by early April.
The Langhorne Creek wine region benefits from cooling afternoon breezes from Lake Alexandrina and this season was no exception. The welcome breezes helped keep overnight temperatures down, enabling fruit to maintain natural acidity.
Maturation Vessel: French oak hogsheads
Age of vines: 20 years +
Age of barrels: New
Time in barrel: 14 months
Cellaring potential: 15 years or more
Suitable for vegans: Yes