MALBEC 2020

$30.00

Vineyard

Celestial Bay Margaret River, planted 2000, north-facing block, VSP canopy system, pesticide and herbicide-free vineyard practises.

Winemaking

Machine harvested, ten days fermentation on skins in open fermenters with hand plunging twice daily, natural cultured yeast, tank pressed, 14 months in seasoned French oak barriques, a small inclusion of Frankland River Cabernet to brighten the palate prior to bottling, vegan fined with minimal sulphites.

Tasting Notes

Dark purple in colour, intensely lifted aromatics of violets, spice, mocha, dark chocolate with a full spectrum of blue fruits. The palate rolls through, filling the mouth with cherry-cola, and sarsaparilla flavours with soft gentle oak tannins and a juicy, long finish.

Technical

Minimal filtration, vegan fined and minimal sulphur on bottling to keep the wine fresh and lively.

Pairing

Pair with the flavours and cuisine of Latin America, or exciting Asian game dishes such as duck, pork and spice.

Cellar Potential

8+ years

Winemaker

Andrew Vesey, consultant; Clandestine Vineyards

Facility

Castelli Estate, Denmark WA

Vintner/Owners

Nick and Trudy Stacy

 

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Reviews

90 Points

/5

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.

90 Points

/5

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
/5

Shanteh Wong - Wine Pilot

Yes it sure is Malbec. Loads of pigment and intensity and that follows through on the palate. Blackberries and big fat blueberries, violets and purple florals. Some sweeter spices like nutmeg and vanilla bean that sit nicely with the density of fruit and sappy fine tannins. At this price point what’s not to love?

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