|Our Price: $24.99 / bottle (RRP: $30.00 )||Case: 12 x 750ml|
'The wine has immediate appeal. It’s a nebbiolo that does not need to be decanted; it champs at the bit. It’s floral, leathery, hit up with asphalt, perhaps raspberried and definitely spicy.'
93 Points - Gary Walsh
Malakoff is one of those places where, to me, it looks like it would be a bugger to do anything but grow grapes. Hard red ferrous clay soils with heavy deposits of ironstone & quartz interspersed throughout. Combined with warm & dry conditions through the growing season (though with cooler nights) it presents a myriad of challenges. But it also produces fruit of great intensity, predominantly shiraz & nebbiolo, now widely sought after by producers in the know.
From vines planted in 2000 by the John family & still meticulously farmed by them to this day, & from a vintage that was pretty much a cracker all across Victoria, we present our third exploration of the site in the 2015 Malakoff Estate Vineyard Nebbiolo.
Hand picked, destemmed to 4 x one ton open pots & wild yeast fermented. Gently plunged daily, pressed after 12 days, barreled down for a couple of weeks then racked & blended before maturing for around 8 months in old hogs heads. Racked again, settled (but not filtered or fined) before being bottled in November 2014.
'Direct from the Out Of Step folks: “A very different cat to our 2013 Nebbiolo from the same site. Some similarities in that the fruit was once again spectacular (the John family truly are great growers) & that there were no additions other than sulphur dioxide once the wine was through malo. But picked a little later for extra weight, & fermented in a mix of one ton open pots & a couple of smaller vessels (as opposed to the ‘13 which was through necessity entirely fermented in picking bins). From a season rather darn close to perfect to boot.”
The wine has immediate appeal. It’s a nebbiolo that does not need to be decanted; it champs at the bit. It’s floral, leathery, hit up with asphalt, perhaps raspberried and definitely spicy; and yet despite its eager-to-please persona it’s also sturdy. It tastes and feels like nebbiolo. Unmistakably. Maybe there’s some alcohol warmth but maybe in context it doesn’t matter. This is good. Very. At the price, particularly so.'
93 Points - Campbell Mattinson
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