R165.00

Saartjie Malbec 2018

Saartjie Malbec 2018. A well balanced luscious wine made from 100% estate-grown Malbec.

R990/case of 6

Description

Saartjie Malbec 2018

The Saartjie Malbec is a luscious single-vineyard wine displaying beautifully complex flavours of black cherry and plums. There are hints of spice on the palate and lovely floral notes coming through on the nose. This is a well-balanced wine with accessible supple tannins. Drinking well now but can be aged further.

The Saartjie range of single cultivar wines, are estate-grown and produced from small single blocks of vines. The utmost care and careful selection take place to ensure only the best wines are produced as a result. The Saartjie name was introduced after our winemaker’s Jack Russell pup, Saartjie.

Analysis:

Alc: 13.93%

RS: 1.6 g/l

TA: 5.6 g/l

pH: 3.83

Tasting Notes

VINEYARD:

North West facing slopes

SOIL TYPE:

Well drained Hutton & Glenrosa soils

VINEYARD AREA:

Small blocks varying between 0.3 & 1.2 hectares in extent.

TRELLIS:

Vertical shoot positioning (VSP) with two movable wires

IRRIGATION:

Used sparingly, to supplement evaporative losses during grape ripening & verasion (changing from green to red colour)

HARVESTED:

At optimum ripeness during early and middle March.

DEGREE BALLING:

Between 22˚ & 23.5˚B hence the relatively low alcohol concentration

FERMENTATION:

Cold soaking on skins for two nights with repeated pump overs to extract maximum colour & flavour in a non-alcoholic environment. After fermentation, wine was racked into 30% new & 2nd fill 225L French oak barrels. Nine months barrel maturation.