As a single variety, Malbec has been an underachiever in Australia. The firm, tannic styles made in France and the softer, easy drinking styles form Argentina have cemented a place in the wine world as great expressions of this variety. There is undoubted potential for Australian Malbec (Bleasdale and Wendouree spring to mind as very good wines) and with a soft spot for the variety the addition to the Coates range was first made with the 2009 vintage release.
The vineyard location at Robe is owned by the Woods family, and had been in an abandoned stated for a number of years. Work in the vineyard from 2005 brought the fruit quality back up to a very good level. The cool maritime climate of Robe is well suited to the variety with a gentle ripening carrying over into early Autumn. The Malbec 2016 was fermented with natural yeast using half whole berry inclusion over a period of three weeks. After gentle basket pressing maturation was over the course of 18 months in 33% new French oak.. Bottling was conducted in November 2017 unfined and unfiltered.
Deep crimson in colour, the nose provides profound black cherry and blueberry fruits accompanied by savoury notes. The medium-bodied palate offers rich forest fruits intermingled with dried herb and mocha accents.
Alcohol – 14.0% by volume
Residual sugar – <1.0 g/L
pH – 3.57
Sulphur Dioxide – 80 mg/L Total; 33 mg/L Free
Production – 100 dozen