Malbec is a grape variety that is native to South West France. It is one of the original six grape varieties allowed in a Bordeaux blend. It has become the flagship wine of Argentina and its popularity has been steadily growing in recent years. This thin-skinned grape has been known to need quite a bit of heat and sun, and is thus a perfect candidate for our Osoyoos East Bench home. It has also been known to produce wines with tremendous colour. You always know when it's Malbec day during harvest, since every inch of the crush pad is purple!
The 2019 Malbec is an elegant, fruit driven interpretation of our Osoyoos East Bench Malbec. It is a medium to full-bodied red wine with a dark purple colour in the glass. Intense notes of plum, dark cherry and blueberry compote dominate the nose. The refined, fruit-forward palate has characters of raspberry coulis, raisins and plum, framed with a hint of eucalyptus and violet. The flavour profile sits in perfect harmony with dark chocolate from the French oak influence. The wine is nicely structured with chewy tannins balanced by a lifting acidity. With its balanced structure and warm finish, this wine drinks well now, but with proper cellaring will thrive over the next seven to ten years.
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