Wine by Variety Red Wines Malbec

"The Exile" SV Gisborne Malbec 2016

NZ $23.75 incl GST

Gold Medal, UK Sommelier Wine Awards. Masses of wild black fruits coupled with savoury hints and deliciously spicy oak.

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Select Vineyards Wines, Gisborne, Malbec


Winemakers Notes
The fruit for only our second 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. The fruit was harvested in pristine condition and trucked overnight to our winery in Auckland. Following vinification, the wine was matured for around a year in barrel.

Alc 13%
Acid 6.2 g/L
Res sugar 1.3g/L
pH 3.62

Tasting Notes
Colour: The colour in this wine is stunning. A black core leads to a bright red-purple rim.
Bouquet: This wine shows the classic ‘wild berry’ character that typifies New Zealand Malbec. Black Doris plum and savoury chocolatey notes back this up. A touch of oak completes the picture.
Palate: 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.
Food Matches
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.
Suggested wine list description
Masses of wild black fruits coupled with savoury hints and deliciously spicy oak.
Independent Reviewer’s Comment
“Richly fruited and generously expressed, this tasty red offers black/blueberry, dark plum, dried herb and nutmeg characters with a hint of meaty complexity. The palate delivers succulent fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel, backed by silky texture and fine tannins. The wine offers plenty of bright fruit flavours, finishing long and juicy.” Sam Kim, March 2018

Gold Medal Sommelier Wine Awards - London, May 2019
Four 1/2 Stars Wine Orbit, March 2018
Silver Medal Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2018


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