Dominique Portet Single Vineyard Cabernet Malbec 2021
A new entry to the single vineyard range is the excellent Cabernet/Malbec. From 25 year old vines in Coldstream which is a heavy sandstone clay make up, the vineyard has fantastic Cabernet and Malbec fruit for this elegant structural combination. Warm years don’t worry Cabernet or Malbec. In fact both can thrive in warmer vintages. Interestingly the blend is only made up of 5% Malbec, which is surprising as the characters of Malbec in the blend do shine through. The Cabernet is classic, elegant with great fruit weight. It sees 20 days on skins with 14 months on oak with 30% of that oak being new French. Pure fruited with an abundance of red fruit notes and bramble characters, there is lovely minerality as well lining the refreshing acidity. Silky tannins make this a generous and delicious wine one and the same.
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