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2014 Malbec

Tasting Notes

VINTAGE

 2014

REGION

Clare Valley

SUB REGIONS

Watervale

GRAPE VARIETY

Malbec (100%)

VINEYARD

The Malbec is from the O'Leary Walker Wines winery block situated in Watervale. The soil profile is red loam over limestone, with a westerly aspect and is hand-pruned and hand-picked, relying only on natural rainfall. The limestone is able to maintain moisture and assist the vine throughout periods of warm weather, almost drought-proofing in the summer months. Viticultural practices include vertical shoot positioning which not only encourages even ripening but provides important shade to prevent the impact of sunburn on the resultant wine.  

VINIFICATION

Small batch ferment in two and four tonne fermenters over a twelve day period using natural yeast and hand plunged. The wine was left on skins post fermentation, for an additional fifteen days to enhance tannin complexity maximising flavour and length. Pressed to tank then racked to oak after four days (25% new French oak; 75% one and two year old French oak) for a total of two years.

 
 

TECHNICAL DETAILS

 pH 3.47 TA 6.9g/L ALC 14.5%

WINEMAKERS

Nick Walker, David O'Leary.

COLOUR

Rich ruby red with purple hues. 

BOUQUET

Beautifully perfumed with black cherry and plum. Lifted aromatic violets and oak spice. 

PALATE

Rich and full bodied with complex layers. Inky fruit, blackberry currants and sweet spice. Firm tannins complimented by natural acid to give a supple and generous palate. 

FOOD MATCH

Slow cooked smoky pulled pork tacos. 

CELLARING POTENTIAL

This wine shows great elegance and restraint but over time it will display powerful violets, berries and beautiful 'classic' Malbec richness and integrated tannins. Cellaring 7 plus years.

 

$27.00
 AUD

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