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Perfume, red cherries, tar, skin contact, persistence. This wine has the typical light-red colour of Nebbiolo together with its intense perfume of red cherries, pink blossom, almond meal and tar. The palate is a mix of clear fruit and savoury spice – again the cherry, almond and tar, but also dried herbs and anise. The tannin, as you would expect, is grippy and the finish lingers.
The vintage was marked by a warm dry spring leading into above average temperatures across all of Victoria. Throughout the summer ripening period the weather was warm and dry allowing good accumulation of sugar and flavour. Typically, in a season most grape varieties ripen at different rates, in dryer and warmer years the difference between picking times is shortened. This meant that the winery was awash with grapes at harvest.
This fruit was grown by the John family at its Malakoff Estate Vineyard in Landsborough. The fruit was harvested in early April and was destemmed and vinified in open fermenters with hand plunging. An extended maceration on skins continued for 12 weeks post-ferment and the wine was racked to barrel for a further 12 months maturation in mostly older French barriques.
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.
The freedom to experiment with alternative varieties and winemaking techniques. Who knows what the next Trial Batch will be?
The label purposely looks clinical and almost unfinished. However, it is respectable and striking. It indicates the wine is unique and intriguing. You will never know until you try it.