2018 Stevens Road Malbec

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Our third release of a single vineyard Malbec, with all the fruit grown on our mature Stevens Road vineyard. The block is tiny – only 11 rows! And as such this is truly a limited release with only 100 dozen produced. The 2018 Stevens Road Malbec recognises the outstanding quality that this individual vineyard has the ability to produce, as well as highlighting the unique personality of this noble variety with generous plush dark fruit flavours of plum and ripe blueberries.

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Viticulture

Malbec (100%)
2018
Margaret River
The growing season began with good, even budburst after average Winter rainfall. The mild Spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set. A moderate start to Summer, with no heat extremes, set up the harvest well with white varieties offering great flavour intensity and bright acidity. There was an incredible display of Marri blossom (tagged as a once in a generation ‘mega-blossom’) which meant bird pressure was practically nonexistent whilst the whites were harvested. A minor rain event occurred in mid-March, which was followed by fine warm conditions which prevailed right through to middle of April allowing all red varieties to achieve great flavour and tannin ripeness. In summary 2018 will be remembered as an outstanding vintage! Our third release of a single vineyard Malbec, with all the fruit grown on our mature Stevens Road vineyard. The block is tiny; only 0.4 Ha in size (11 rows!), and as such this is truly a limited release with only 100 dozen produced. The 2018 Stevens Road Malbec recognises the outstanding quality that this individual vineyard has the ability to produce, as well as highlighting the unique personality of this noble variety.

Tasting Notes

Deep red, purple hues
Wonderfully perfumed, displaying striking aromas of spicy, ripe mulberries and violets with hints of graphite and white pepper in the background
The generous palate is full bodied and layered with plush, dark fruits; black plums and ripe blueberries. Inky forest fruits are supported by a fine, velvety tannin structure, supple and moreish with a lingering fruit finish.
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Winemaking

14%
750ml
3.48
This 1.8 tonne parcel of fruit was crushed/destemmed fermentation in several small open fermenters for 6 days at 24 – 28°C, during which the cap was managed by regular plunging by hand. The wine was gently pressed at 2 Baume and finished ferment in tank. Once dry, the wine was racked to fine French oak barriques (40% new) where it completed MLF. The wine was matured in oak for 16 months before the best barrels were selected.

Professional Reviews

95
From 11 rows of malbec on the Stevens Road Vineyard. Most of it goes to the Reserve Cabernet, but 100 dozen was kept as a varietal release. It sees 40% new French oak for 14 months. It tastes of cocoa and leather, jubey black cherries and bay leaves, and its filigreed tannins and wonderful length are about as clear quality sighters as anyone could hope to find.