GFV Malbec 2017

Malbec 2016

Ruby, clear and bright with good colour intensity. The nose delivers redcurrant and cherry aromas with great fruit purity. This is accompanied by subtle oak tones of sweet cinnamon spice. An elegant, polished wine, drinking well now but with enough structure to reward patient cellaring. Best drunk now and until 2025.

Technical Notes

Grapes were handpicked at 25°Balling from two separate vineyard blocks. Both Malbec blocks grow on lower lying areas of the farm and have large canopies allowing for longer hangtimes and optimal phenolic ripeness when picking. The grapes were stored overnight in the cold room before processed the next morning. Grapes were destemmed and whole berries were transferred into stainless steel tanks where they were subjected to a five-day pre-fermentation cold soaking period before being inoculated. Fermentation took 15 days at temperatures ranging between 18 – 24˚C with a carefully planned pump over schedule to ensure desirable colour and soft tannins. Malolactic fermentation was done in barrels and only free run juice was used. Wine was oak matured for 14 months in 300L format French oak barrels, no new oak was used. After final blending the wine was filtered before being bottled.