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2013 Cabernet Malbec
The elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon is complemented by the dusty tannin structure of Malbec.
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Rich ruby red, inky and vibrant colours.
Incredibly perfumed with red forest fruits, sweet cassis and intense florals.
This powerful blend is textural and concentrated with generous flavours. Gorgeous florals follow onto the palate with juicy tannins and acid length. Classic cassis, forest fruit and subtle French oak.
These two varieties are sourced from two sub regions within the Clare Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon is organically certified from the 'Doctor's block', located in the Polish Hill River Region, a superior cool climate vineyard which is dry grown and low yielding. The Malbec is from the O’Leary Walker Wines Winery Block situated in Watervale. The soil profile of red loam over limestone, with a westerly aspect is hand-pruned and hand-picked and relies only on the natural rainfall. The limestone is able to retain 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.
These two varieties are fermented separately over a 12 day period in two and four tonne fermenters relying on natural yeast. The wine is hand-plunged twice daily and left on skins for 15 days to enhance tannin complexity and maximise flavour and length. Pressed to tank then racked to oak after four days (25% new French oak, 75% two- to three-year-old oak) for a total of two years.
Our 2013 vintage shows great elegance and restraint, but over time will display powerful violets, berries and 'classic' Cabernet richness, with integrated tannins thanks to the Malbec component.
Try with grilled chorizo, rich lasagne or barbequed lamb.
Alcohol - 14.8%
pH - 3.47
Acidity - 6.9g/L
92 points (silver) - Halliday Wine Companion
"Treads in the hallowed turf of Wendouree and of '71 Leasingham Bin 63, but presents the blend in a very different - if not diffident - way; while only light to medium-bodied, the wine has unexpected length and persistence, all the components of balance." - James Halliday