2018 Benguela Cove Malbec

Retail
£17.50
Member
£15.75
Case
£105.00
Case (Member)
£94.50
Varieties
Malbec
Vintage
2018
Country
South Africa
Region
Walker Bay
Alcohol
14.61%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2022 - 2028

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Description

The intensity of colour will romance you and deliver on an equally intense palate. Layered aromas of plum, liquorice, thyme, black pepper, mulberry, leather, black cherry and violet do it justice. The rustic-elegance of Malbec is met with delicate nuances of ripe strawberry on the after taste with a salty finish, solid tannin and a youthful acidity.

Winemaking Notes

Harvested at optimal ripeness, grapes were chilled overnight followed by both bunch- and berry sorting the next morning. After a 3 day cold maceration the juice was allowed to warm up to 16℃. To enhance the varietal's intrinsic qualities, the juice was inoculated with a selected yeast strain. Alcoholic fermentation lasted about six days. Gentle pump overs encouraged delicate flavour and colour extraction. Pressed and settled, the wine was transferred to barrels for malolactic fermentation to further smooth out its edges.

Growing Conditions

Walker Bay is making great inroads with Bordeaux varieties. Nudged by the Bot River lagoon with vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, the vineyards enjoy cool daytime temperatures that drop even more at night. A beneficial diurnal range aids in even ripening and complexity, ushering the development of delicate fruit notes, fine tannin structure and a bright acidity. Malbec found a home here and the vineyards enjoy the nuances of the climate, resulting in beautiful and concentrated fruit.

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