2018 ‘Watervale’ Cabernet Malbec

Retail: $40.00

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec

Vintage: 2018

Country: Australia

Region: Clare Valley

Alcohol: 14.6%

Bottle size: 750ml


Cabernet Sauvignon has long been recognised as an excellent variety throughout the Clare Valley, rich in savoury dark fruit flavours without the green edges often found in other regions. By co-fermenting small parcels of outstanding dry-grown Cabernet Sauvignon with Malbec, we have produced a powerful, full bodied wine.  A long maturation period of 36 months in French oak provides spice and balance to the wine, which is dominated by ripe blackcurrant, black cherry and violet flower aromas and flavours. A long ageing period between barrel and bottle prior to release has melded all wine components to further enhance the prestige of this wine. Patient cellaring will be rewarded, with potential to improve for up to 20 years.

Winemaking Notes

Cabernet and Malbec fruit from our dry-grown Watervale vineyard was harvested soon after sunrise in the cool of the morning at optimum ripeness. The blend was fermented to dryness on skins for seven days before pressing. All pressings have been returned to the blend. The wine spent a total of 36 months in a mix of new and second use French oak barrels blending, fining and bottling in October 2021. A wine made in the best years only, the 2018 is showing what two of the most prized Bordeaux varieties can deliver in one of the greatest vintages in recent history in the Clare Valley. Structure, volume and richness.

Food Pairing

Lamb and Cabernet is a great combination and for vegetarians rich tomato based dishes.

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Additional information

Weight 1.33 kg