Grape Variety: 100% Malbec
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Peter Robertson

The grapes for this 2012 ‘Sun-Dried’ Malbec were selectively harvested from Ohiti Estate and the Tuki Tuki Valley vineyard sites in Hawke’s Bay. The Malbec vines that Peter and his team tend too readily achieve ripeness each vintage, with each parcel normally being harvested at 23 Brix or more. The technique of sun-drying of bunches enhanced the sugar concentration inside each berry, as well as the flavours and colour. The Malbec grapes were carefully handpicked, and then ‘sun-dried’ in trays for three to four weeks before being made into wine. Open fermentation tanks were used, so the grapes could be hand plunged.

 

Due to the loss of moisture with the sun-drying, the cap is quite thick and demands more effort and attention than normal when plunged. After pressing, vinification and malolactic fermentation had occurred, it was then time for this Malbec wine to go into French oak barriques for a further 6 months of development.
In the glass you have a deep dark red colour wine. This wine is both bold in colour and intense fruit, this is typical of Peter’s ‘Sun-Dried’ Malbec, but from the 2012 vintage. Sun-Drying also enhances the bouquet, and the palate is energized. Rich, dark berry flavours come to the fore, and the integrated oak and tannins gives this wine a full and lengthy finish. Decant for 35-45 minutes and serve at 17-18°C.

A Malbec Packed with Personality.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking well this coming season; and will appreciate another 5-7 years.
 
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with prime cuts of red meat, with wild mushrooms and a slowly reduced wine jus, enjoy.