2008 Malbec on Truro Volcanic Soil
Deep red. The nose has some fantastic lifted blueberry and blackberry fruit with some chocolate pudding and hints of toffee. The palate is full bodied with rich and voluptuous blackberry and blueberry fruit. There are also hints of sweet uplifting spices like nutmeg. The flavour is quite concentrated and gives a wonderful viscous, mouth-filling sensation. The fruit and oak taste hangs around to give the wine length and presence.
The grapes are crushed and destemmed into open fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees Celsius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into a mix of French and American oak to mature.
18 months in 60% new French hogsheads, with the balance going into 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
2008 was a very warm year with harvest being completed in a very short period. The resultant wines from the vintage reflect the growing conditions with loads of upfront fruit and rich mouthfeel, meaning wines from this vintage will have a great deal of ageing potential as well.
Up to 10 years.
Gold at 2010 Barossa Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Hobart Wine Show
Bronze at 2010 Perth Wine Show
Winestate Barossa & Eden Valley Tasting, March / April 2012 Edition
Wine Spectator, July 2011
91 Points - Supple, vibrant and delicious for its generous currant, blackberry and coffee flavours, mingling expressively on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2014.
James Halliday - May 2011
92 Points - Deep crimson-purple; a wine full of character, with spiced plum fruit and nuances of chocolate; the alcohol accentuates the inherent lack of structure rather than hiding it; nonetheless, a wine of merit. Drink to 2018.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2010
90+ Points - Very deep garnet-purple coloured, 2008 Barossa Terroirs Malbec provides and earthy beginning to the nose with an alluring undercurrent of mulberries, dried plums, figs, cassia and nutmeg. Opulently fruited and full bodied, it has medium-firm fine-grained tannins, refreshing acid and a long spicy finish. Drink it now to 2016+.
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