2015 Cabernet Malbec
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- 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, resulting in a full-bodied wine with generous chalky tannins.
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 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.
- Growing Conditions
Despite the fact that the vintage was almost certainly the earliest and shortest on record, both yields and quality were above average in most circumstances.
Strong winter rainfall provided a great kick-start to the growing season, and 75mm of rain in the second week of January, assisted in filling out berry size and maintaining good canopy and leaf condition which in turn really helped bring the vintage to a better-than-expected conclusion.
Scorching weather set the vintage in motion two to three weeks ahead of time, with operations cranking up in the first week of February. Despite the early start and the fact that the hot conditions brought most varieties into a similar ripening plane, the resultant juices and subsequent wines showed fantastic varietal definition with good flavour, structure and excellent natural acid, all the hallmarks of a vintage with great longevity potential.
- Food Pairing
This wine pairs well with lamb and other red meat dishes.
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Clare Valley Cabernet Malbec 2014 – 95 Points
A 70/30% blend from four vineyards, fermented separately, matured in new and used
French oak for 24 months. A very well-made wine based on a Clare Valley special blend
with a long lineage, this wine is absolutely in the centre of that line. Cabernet provided the
structure, malbec the fruit to fill the spaces. Retasting underlines the balance of a wine
destined for a long future.
Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Drink to 2034.
“An elegant, full-bodied cabernet with good concentration, backbone and a touch of class”.
“A very good, solid cabernet with well above-average depth of character – and the price is eye-popping”.
A proven blend that has anchored Clare Valley red winemaking for decades and one this winemaker counts as his top blending preference.
The one-fifth malbec component adds a winning infusion of complexity and richness to the classic flavours of cabernet sauvignon.