Listening Station Malbec, Victoria, Australia 2020



An Aussie Malbec is unusual we know but we love unusual and it’s great to see how this grape variety works outside of France and Argentina. It is also great to see a regional Australian wine in the under £10 category, moving away from the mass produced South East Australian blends.

All of the Malbec fruit comes from an estate in the Swan Hill region where there are 5 hectares of Malbec grown on their own roots (as opposed to being grafted). It isn’t that easy to grow Malbec here, the age of the vines and the harsh growing conditions means the vines are less vigorous which leads to a more intense colour and flavour. The vines are drip irrigated to ensure vine health but to keep yields low and minimum fertilisation again aids soil health. All of the vines are machine harvested at night in order to ensure grapes get off the vines and into the winery while it is still cool, as with the Mediterranean climate here giving temperatures between 30 and 40°C it can get really hot. The wine is aged in both French and American oak to give it some extra oomph, again this is highly unusual at this price point so you get a lot of bang for your buck!

There is no altitude here like in the vineyards of Argentina where Malbec famously grows, so here we have a soft, jammy, fruit forward interpretation of this grape, it is deep and chocolatey with an abundance of crisp blackberry and black cherry fruit. The acidity and tannins are notable on the palate but not overpowering in anyway, it is just really nicely balanced.

Great with rich and hearty food. Try with a casserole or roasted Mediterranean vegetables.

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