2016 Coates The Malbec

Savoury, fine-tuned Malbec from Robe on the Limestone Coast.

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Nicely pitched Malbec, a kind of midpoint between tannic French expressions and the rich, soft styles found in Argentina.

Sourced from a remote vineyard in Robe on the Limestone Coast, then made at Duane Coates' McLaren Vale winery.

Typically dense and dark, with blackberry, earthy spices and a polished, classy finish.

As a single variety, Malbec has been an underachiever in Australia. The firm, tannic styles made in France and the softer, easy drinking styles form Argentina have cemented a place in the wine world as great expressions of this variety. There is undoubted potential for Australian Malbec (Bleasdale and Wendouree spring to mind as very good wines) and with a soft spot for the variety the addition to the Coates range was first made with the 2009 vintage release.

The vineyard location at Robe is owned by the Woods family, and had been in an abandoned stated for a number of years. Work in the vineyard from 2005 brought the fruit quality back up to a very good level. The cool maritime climate of Robe is well suited to the variety with a gentle ripening carrying over into early Autumn.

93 Points - "A bright vermilion, this juicy and full weighted malbec embraces the pulpy, bouncy, snap-crackle-pop nature of the variety, along with the violet florals, dark fruits and etched tannins of a sterner idiom, all snuggled into 18 months of French oak (approximately 30% new) and its echo of cedar and mace. As with the other wines in the stable, this was fermented under the aegis of ambient yeast, unfined and unfiltered." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

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