2017 Leaf Series Malbec
Margaret River regions experienced a very unusual amount of rain and very cool weather during the middle and latter part of March 2017. This occurrence set up optimal conditions for later Autumn, producing warm and sunny days with cool crisp mornings and evenings. As Autumn 2017 was not too hot, perfect ripening conditions were ensured across both the regions thus producing bold and flavoursome Malbec. Red grape varieties from 2017 are built on depth of colour, structure and an abundance of flavour.
Machine picked fruit was brought into the winery and de-stemmed to a static fermenter for a cold soaking period to capture colour from the skins. The must was fermented up to temperatures of 25 degrees C and pumped over once a day to extract soft tannins from the skins and seeds. Post fermentation the must was pressed off to a selection of French oak barriques to complete malolactic fermentation and a maturation period..
Deep ink in colour, this wine drifts between aromas of black fruits, plum and violet with underlying vanillin and leather notes building on an intriguing entry. The palate is rich and generous fielding milk chocolate, black fruit and a lingering varietal spice. Youthful tannins will aid further development in bottle over time.
This rustic, full-bodied wine is perfect to drink with a hearty winter meal. It is structured to match a grilled rib-eye steak or roast leg of lamb.
- Vintage: 2017
- Region: Margaret River
- Varietal(s): Malbec
- Alc / Vol :14.5%
- Optimal Drinking:Now to 2027