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.
RS: 1.6 g/l
TA: 5.6 g/l
North West facing slopes
Well drained Hutton & Glenrosa soils
Small blocks varying between 0.3 & 1.2 hectares in extent.
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP) with two movable wires
Used sparingly, to supplement evaporative losses during grape ripening & verasion (changing from green to red colour)
At optimum ripeness during early and middle March.
Between 22˚ & 23.5˚B hence the relatively low alcohol concentration
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.