Aubergine in colour with a magenta rim. The Malbec 2012 has a robust nose of black currant and pomegranate with a distinct lavender aroma and a hint of mint tea. Cherry and blueberry is prominent on the palate with a distinctive ?flavour of vanilla and delicate liquorice. A secondary taste of sandalwood appears while chamomile lingers on the fi?nish. This wine has solid, velvety tannins, nicely balanced with acidity, that makes it very compatible with food.
In 2012, the winter months of January and February were normal aside for a brief cold snap where, for a few days, temperatures dipped to –17 °C. The Spring months of March and April saw the season off to a slow start being two and a half weeks behind normal vineyard progress records. Prolonged coolness and low precipitation levels slowed bud break and bud development. May, June and early July had higher than average rainfall, with double precipitation levels in June, up to 80mm, from norms of 35mm. Summer was beautiful, mild and long. Temperatures hovered around 30°C and dry arid days created ideal conditions for vine and fruit growth. Late Summer and Fall months were long, warm and dry, bringing 6 weeks without rain. As a result, there was enhanced fruit ripening and phenolic development. Overall, 2012 was a fantastic growing season in our vineyards.
The Malbec is grown and harvested from our Naramata Bench vineyards. The bunches were hand picked & sorted in the vineyard. After destemming, the berries were hand sorted again to ensure that only perfect fruit was included in the ferment. The berries were crushed and cold soaked for three days. During fermentation the wine was pumped over twice daily to ensure proper tannin and colour extraction. Post fermentation, the caps were kept moist for a further 7 - 10 days before being pressed
into barrel. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel over the Winter & ?finished in the Spring of the following year. The wine was then aged 21 months in 15% new French oak and a combination of one and two use barrels. The wine was further aged in the bottle for an additional 21 months in our cellar prior
to release. This Malbec was held for an exclusive release to Poplar Grove’s Wine Club members only.
Cellaring Notes: The Malbec 2012 is ready to enjoy upon release. This wine has the structure to cellar until 2022.