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SERVING TEMPERATURE | 8 - 12°
CELLAR POTENTIAL | Up to 2 years
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Deep, vibrant blush in colour. The nose has intense redcurrant and strawberry aromas, with a touch of rose petal. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety texture and flavours of raspberry. The finish is savoury with a touch of lingering spice.
Through careful management and ideal siting of their vineyards, Malakoff Estate avoided widespread frosts that hit the Pyrenees region in late-November 2017. Warm, dry weather throughout January advanced the season quickly, however conditions moderated in February to allow a good ripening period for late-ripening varieties such as Nebbiolo. It was an early and compact harvest, with vineyards and varieties ripening in quick succession. Once again, the expert care of the John family and the superior siting of their vineyards produced fruit of exceptional quality.
The fruit was harvested by hand in warm, dry conditions in mid-March. It was chilled overnight at the winery, then the bunches were destemmed and the berries sorted by hand. This is a small-batch wine fermented in a small open fermenter with a short period of skin contact to achieve the pretty blush colour and just a touch of tannin and spice. The wine was matured for six months in older oak barrels.
Set among rugged hills in the central west of the state, this region is known for premium Shiraz wines.
Vines were first planted after gold was discovered in 1854 but the modern wine industry dates from the 1960s. Wines typically have a note of peppery spice that is distinctive and sets the region apart from other hotter Shiraz regions.
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