2021 Stevens Road Malbec

$100.00
$600.00

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Our fourth 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 2021 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%)
2021
Margaret River
We had a great summer leading up to vintage, although a rain event about a week or so before the start of harvest lead to some unusually humid conditions (for Margaret River at least). Careful fruit selection in some vineyards was required as a result of the humidity, despite experiencing good weather during the white harvest. The end of the whites saw a bit more rain, which was then followed by fine weather for the rest of March setting up the Cabernets nicely. In summary 2021 was a more challenging season than usual, however the extra work in the vineyard ultimately paid dividends with some wonderfully elegant wines being produced as a result.

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.

Winemaking

14%
750ml
3.55
This 3-tonne parcel of fruit was crushed/destemmed then fermented in several small fermenters for 6 days at 24 – 28o C, during which the cap was managed by pumping over and regular plunging by hand. The wine was gently pressed at 2 Baume and finished ferment and malolactic fermentation in tank. Once dry, the wine was racked to fine French oak barriques (40% new) where it was matured for 14 months before the best barrels were selected for this tiny blend.