2014 Death Valley Malbec

2014 was a relatively moderate season, climatically, for Waiheke; with a return to average rainfall and sunshine hours after the drought of 2013. Flowering was excellent which resulted in very good yields across most varieties. With vigilance and patience shown in the vineyards it was more than possible to ripen the crop to optimum levels prior to harvesting.

The Malbec was hand harvested and sorted in the winery before destemming to vat. Malbec is a particularly fragile grape particularly when picked very ripe so the fruit essentially crushed itself going into vat. We then added sulphur and left the fruit to soak for 2 or 3 days before fermentation kicked off. After a nice hot fermentation (up to 36 C) with twice daily pump overs the wine stayed in vat for 30 days before pressing off on the 2nd of May into old French oak. After aging in barrel for 19 months we swapped 5% of the wine into new American oak for 8 weeks in order to soak up some oak sugars and flavour without extracting wood tannin. After a total of 11 months in oak the wine was then bottled prior to harvest.

The wine is deep garnet-purple in colour with lifted aromas of blueberries and plums with hints of floral perfume, dark chocolate and cured meats. The palate is fruitful and vibrant with excellent concentration and age worthy tannins.

This wine is bottled and protected under screw cap as we believe it is the best closure for quality wine.