Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec
Region: Clare Valley
Bottle size: 750 mL
Cabernet Sauvignon has long been recognised as an excellent, consistent variety that performs well in the Clare Valley. The addition of Malbec adds to the complexity of the mid-palate contributing violet, mulberry, added texture and richness. The result is a full-bodied wine with generous chalky tannins. 2016 has been lauded as one of the great vintages, with red wines benefiting from the excellent ripening conditions, providing extraordinary fruit flavours. Twenty-four months in French oak provides complexity, depth and balance to our house style which is dominated by juicy ripe plum and fresh blackcurrant and blackberry aromas and flavours. Feel content cellaring this Cabernet Malbec for at least ten years in good conditions. We recommend decanting a few hours before enjoying. The wine has not been cold stabilised, so a harmless crust may form with time.
Cabernet components were separately fermented on skins, Malbec components co-fermented to dryness for seven days before being pressed. All pressings have been returned to the wine to enhance texture and mouth-feel. Each of the parcels of wine spent 24 months ageing in a selected proportion of new, second-use and older French oak in our barrel store prior to blending, fining and bottling in July 2019.
This wine pairs well with lamb and other red meat dishes.
Halliday Wine Companion 2021
In excellent form. Fluid, characterful and soft but with the inherent structure to last. Red and black berries, gum leaf, vanilla and violets. Leathery, leafy characters too. As soon as you open it you know you’re onto something good. Terrific value.
94/100 points and excellent value
A ripper take on Clare’s signature blend, and a perpetual bargain that delivers berry fruits of varietal crunch and depth, bottle maturity, impressive endurance and tannin finesse far beyond its price. 14.5%
THREE regions and six grape varieties are in the spotlight today, kicking off with this berry fruit-driven Clare Valley blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% malbec. It glows deep purple and has 14.5% alcohol and gamey scents. The front palate shows ripe blackberry flavour, the middle palate cherry, bramble jelly, spice and vanillin oak and the finish has dusty tannins. At timadamswines.com.au, cellar doors in Warenda Road and Dominic Street, Clare, and bottle shops and will go well with veal saltimbocca and cellar nicely over five years. Tim Adams has been a strong advocate of malbec since early in his career when he was mentored by the great Mick Knappstein, who used malbec to great effect in the Stanley Leasingham Bin 56 reds of the 1970s.
RALPH KYTE POWELL
The Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec blend is a Clare tradition. This deep, dark wine offers regional mint, black fruit and balanced oak through nose and palate. It’s deep, rich and full, with big tannins reinforcing its power and potential; Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol.
Ageing? Drink over 15 years.