Friday 29 April 2016
Ruckus Estate Shiraz Malbec 2014
This Shiraz Malbec has seen quite a journey to get into bottle. The fruit comes from different vineyards, different winemakers and then to meet at blending for the first time before being bottled at a different facility again. It's a bit like an arranged marriage - and I'm pleased it worked.
Plenty of time has been spent choosing the correct Malbec clone to suit the region too delivering bunches no bigger than a feisty child's fist - I love that description from the media release.
Lots of savoury appeal straight up. Aromas of dried Mediterranean herbs, a hint of mint, dried red flowers - clean and fresh.
Take a sip and it's clean cut. Polished. Earthy tones mix with swarve peppery spice. An arm wrestle of sorts, but the medium body delivery is the winner. The 20% new French oak used certainly lets the fruit take the stage. Smooth to finish - moreish indeed.
Cellar to eight years but good to go now.
Track it down at the cellar door or online.
Subscribe to Qwine here
Follow me: Twitter Qwine Instagram _Qwine