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"The Exile" Gisborne Malbec 2010 >SORRY, ALL GONE<
Trophy & Gold Medal, Gisborne Region Wine Awards 2012. Masses of wild black fruits coupled with savoury hints and deliciously spicy oak.
The fruit for our first ever SV Gisborne Malbec came from the Bell Family vineyard which also provides us with fruit for our SV Arneis, Marsanne and Albarino. Dubbed "The Exile", this references the very limited plantings of this grape in the region, as it it typically grown further south in the Hawkes Bay. Vintage 2010 was one of the best in memory for red grapes in Gisborne. Summer seemed to go on and on, allowing fabulous colour and flavour development. Post fermentation the wine was run off to barrel. The wine was racked once, in November 2010 and then bottled in July 2011.
The colour in this wine is stunning. A black core leads to a bright red-purple rim.
This wine shows the classic ‘wild berry’ character that typifies New Zealand Malbec. Black Doris plum and savour notes back this up. A touch of oak completes the picture
This full bodied red has an excellent balance between fruit, acid and tannin. The overall effect is to coat the palate from front to back and side to side. There is a strong core of sweet black fruit on the finish.
Already approachable, but we expect this wine to cellar well for a number of years.
Rounded tannins and ripe berry flavours make this wine a great accompaniment to many meat dishes such as lamb, venison, beef and game. Many rich sauces go well with this wine, as will roast garlic and vegetables.
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Masses of wild black fruits coupled with savoury hints and deliciously spicy oak.
Independent Reviewer’s Comment
“Boldly coloured, the skilfully crafted 2010 vintage has coconutty aromas (suggestive of American oak) leading into a fresh, full-bodied wine with rich, vibrant plum and coffee flavours, concentrated, spicy and nutty.” MC
Trophy & Gold
Gisborne Region Wine Awards 2012
Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2012
Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2012
NZ International Wine Competition 2011
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