Liv Zak Malbec 2018
Spiced fruits, Christmas cake and blackberry jam.
Blackberries and ripe satsuma plums overlay a palate rich with dense and velvety tannin finishing with a succulent dark chocolate finish.
A small parcel of our Malbec was hand harvested and destemmed at the winery to ferment in a small, open topped fermenter. We inoculated using a selected yeast strain for primary ferment and hand plunged twice a day for gentle extraction of colour and tannin.
Once sugar dry the must was pressed and after a brief settling period in tank was transferred to seasoned French Oak barrels to complete secondary fermentation and maturation. The wine was kept in barrel for 18 months before blending and bottling.
We were kept on our toes in the vineyard with a wet winter and cool, wet spring featuring late bud burst. This was then followed by a hot and dry summer, where ripening was even but rapid. Close attention to maturity was required to ensure we captured the bright fruit flavours and wonderful natural acidity on offer.
Winemaker: Brendan Hawker
Grape variety: Malbec
Bottled: November 2019
Growing area: Yarra Valley VIC
Alc / Vol: 13.50%
Cellar Potential: 10 years
Oak: Seasoned French oak barriques
Maturation: 18 months