Sunday, 22 December 2013

Ballandean Estate Malbec 2012

From Queenland's Granite Belt, this Malbec is part of Ballandean Estate's 'Messing About' range which is based on alternative varieties. Fiano and Saperavi are also included in this range.

I really enjoyed this wine. A variety usually blended away, this effort makes Malbec stand up for the right reasons.

Straight up there were earthy and dry herb characters but it wasn't until day two this wine hit its straps. Juicy fruit highlighted by mulberries, plums and a good dash of spice. A slight whiff of violets making an appearance too. The spice contributing to a good mouth warmth but the mouthfeel is smooth. A generous and moreish length finished a very satisfying drop.

To get the best from it now, decant and slosh it about or hang on to it for a year or two. The wine will easily cellar for a decade.

Would I buy it? Absolutely. One for the cellar.

Available online or at the cellar door.

Who: Ballandean Estate
What: Malbec (14.3% alc)
Where: Granite Belt
When: 2012
How: $35