Shiraz Malbec 2018

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Shiraz Malbec 2018

RRP: $22.00

Region: Frankland River
Variety: 75% Shiraz, 25% Malbec
Alcohol: 14.8%



This wine combines the richness and spicy opulence of Great Southern Shiraz with the earthy muscularity and structure of Malbec. The aromatics are dominated by lifted dark blue fruits, such as mulberries and spiced plums with sprinkles of red berries overlaid. These flavours continue onto the medium bodied palate, where the structure of the Malbec comes to the fore – ripe, rich and structured tannins of good weight and length. This is a fruit-driven style designed for medium-term drinking with the oak playing a supporting role; however, the structure will allow the wine to be confidently cellared over the next 10 years.

Tasting notes (PDF download)

2018, 2017

The 2018 was as close to perfect as we have ever seen in Western Australia. Good winter rains and mild early Spring weather allowed the vines to establish healthy canopies and well-balanced fruit loads. The mild/sunny weather continued with little in the way of extremes allowing for minimal disease pressure and even ripening and flavour development. A near-perfect Autumn enabled picking to occur at optimum flavour and sugar development. We are expecting great things from this vintage.

The fruit underwent Pre-fermentation cold soaking for 6 days followed by a clean, warm (25-30°C) ferment. Maceration was via twice daily pump-overs (using specialised gentle tannin extraction method) as well as 3 x rack returns during ferment. Yeast strains used were RX60 and Clos. Total time on skins was 16 days to allow for maximum fruit retention and balanced tannin development. The wine was aged in 2 and 3 year old French Oak hogsheads.

Alcohol: 14.4%
pH: 3.50
T/A: 6.3 g/L
Residual Sugar: <2g/L

Date picked: 9th Apr 2018
Baume: 15.0
pH: 3.64
T/A: 6.8 g/L

Date picked: 19th Mar 2018
Baume: 14.1
pH: 3.55
T/A: 6.3 g/L

Date picked: 18th Apr 2018
Baume: 13.3
pH: 3.68
T/A: 4.5 g/L


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