Karridale, Margaret River, Western Australia.

Brooding, powerful, soft yet elegant.

A cooler vineyard, excellent gravelly Karri loam soils make our Malbec produce low yielding, distinctive and intensely powerful fruit. Open fermented and pressed into 2nd and 3rd use French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and maturation 15 months.


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90 Points


Huon Hooke - The Real Review

Deep, bold red/purple colour. The aromas include talc, berries, peppermint and forest undergrowth, the palate savoury, drying, soft and young but also gently-structured and approachable. It’s slightly flat in the middle and drying – a minor quibble. Good value

92 Points


Ray Jordan - The West Australian

This is sourced from Karridale south of Margaret River, so the cooler climate fruit in what was a cooler season is significant. This is a variety on which Clandestine believe they will hang their hat on the future as the variety for Margaret Rivet. It’s bright and energetic almoston the palate. The colour is bright reddy crimson. Chalky tannins and cherry plum characters provide such perfumes and aromatics. Just a little back palate grip adds to the structure and poise.

90 Points


Ken Gargett - Wine Pilot

From a vineyard in the Karridale region of Margaret River, planted in 1996, 2nd and 3rd use French oak barriques were used for malolactic ferments and 15 months maturation with 3,600 bottles to go around. Deep purple and it shows very youthful aromatics; florals, roses, cherries and mulberries. Good structure on the palate and some plushness with significant length and good acidity. It is very much upfront flavours here and if there is any query, the length is not as persistent as some of the other wines from Clandestine Vineyards, though the flavours are very appealing. It will get even better in 2 to 4 years.

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