2019 Nick Spencer Hilltops Malbec

Hilltops, NSW

Nick Spencer's finest two barrels of Malbec he's produced to date. Only fifty dozen made.



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About The Wine

The Single Vineyard range from NSW winemaker Nick Spencer celebrates his favourite vineyards across the NSW High Country.

The Malbec is from the Moppity vineyard in the Hilltops region, the site that provided the fruit for Nick's breakout Jimmy Watson Trophy-Winning Shiraz from 2008. Being the source of this pivotal wine in his career, he has a real soft spot for the fruit from this site.

He produced just 50 dozen of this wine. It's the best two barrels of Malbec that he has made to date. A killer wine in tiny supply, this is a big, bold, blue-fruited beauty that you can drink now or cellar for a decade or more.

About Nick Spencer Wines

Nick Spencer made a name for himself after a hugely successful decade-long stint as chief winemaker at Eden Road, before deciding in 2017 to take the plunge and start his very own label.

The Nick Spencer wines are, like Eden Road's, focused on the regions of the NSW High Country, in particular, Tumbarumba and Gundagai.

With Nick's access to some of the region's best fruit, his wines are all about balance, style and drinkability, with Nick's stamp of quality on top. Tiny volumes made and an exciting producer to watch out for!

Winemaker Nick Spencer
Winemaker Nick Spencer
Gundagai, NSW
Additional Info

From The Producer

Our 2019 Malbec is grown on the Moppity vineyard in the Hilltops region of New South Wales. The vineyard was planted in 1973 and is responsible for some of the best wines made in New South Wales, including the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy winning Eden Road Shiraz I made in 2008. At 500 meters above sea level, the vineyard is exposed to warm dry days and cool nights, which makes it ideal for growing Malbec.

Originating in Bordeaux, France, Malbec is one of only 6 grape varieties permitted for use in Bordeaux red blends. Celebrated all over the world, Malbec is the most famous of Argentina’s red wines. Our 2019 Malbec is also a perfect illustration of its landscape – singing with big blue fruit and beautiful floral notes, this rich but medium bodied red is perfect while we are still tucked up in the cooler weather enjoying beautiful red meats and heady roasts.

Blend : Malbec (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Nick Spencer in the cellar
Nick Spencer in the cellar
Canberra, NSW
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Silken, crisp, fresh and fruit-driven at once. A pleasure to drink. Forest berries and redcurrant, peppercorn and complex spice. Another water-colour wine. Another wine adorned with both floral elements and an ‘of the garden’ feel. In short it’s an incredibly delicious wine. I’m sure it can be aged but there’s no need for it to be." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Mighty malbec, albeit a cool rendition. While a touch more ripeness would add to the flavour profile, this is a lovely wine, compelling actually. Awash with tangy fruit, morello cherries, juniper berries and green peppercorns, with radicchio bitterness like an Italian aperitif. It's ridiculously refreshing, unencumbered by new oak. And most importantly, the tannins are ripe." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)


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