2013 Cabernet Malbec
Polish Hill River and Watervale
Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Malbec (30%)
These two varieties are sourced from two sub regions within the Clare Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon is organically certified from the 'Doctor's block', located in the Polish Hill River Region, a superior cool climate vineyard which is dry grown and low yielding. The Malbec is from the O'Leary Walker Wines winery block situated in Watervale. The soil profile is red loam over limestone, with a westerly aspect and is hand-pruned and hand-picked, relying only on natural rainfall. The limestone is able to maintain moisture and assist the vine throughout periods of warm weather, almost drought-proofing in the summer months. Viticultural practices include vertical shoot positioning which not only encourages even ripening but provides important shade to prevent the impact of sunburn on the resultant wine.
The two varieties are fermented seperately over a twelve day period in two and four tonnes fermenters relying on natural yeast. The wine is hand plunged twice daily and left on skins for fifteen days to enhance tannin complexity maximising flavour and length. Pressed to tank then racked to oak after four days (25% new French oak; 75% two-three year old oak) for a total of two years.
pH 3.47 TA 6.9g/L ALC 14.8%
Nick Walker, David O'Leary.
Rich ruby red, inky and vibrant hues.
Incredibly perfumed with red forest fruits, sweet cassis and intense florals.
This powerful blend is textural and concentrated with generous flavours. The gorgeous florals follow on to the palate with juicy tannins and acid length. This elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon is complemented by the dusty tannin structure of Malbec. Classic forest fruits and intensity of oak.
Wood fired venison with a roast pumpkin, parmesan and sweet vinaigrette salad.
This wine shows great elegance and restraint but over time it will display powerful violets, berries and beautiful 'classic' Cabernet richness and integrated tannins from the Malbec component. Cellaring 7 plus years.