Friday 29 April 2016

Ruckus Estate Shiraz Malbec 2014

I've had a number of chats with owner Colleen now and I just wish I spent some time with her and Mike when I was in the Coonawarra region in January this year - Wrattonbully is just up the road. Hindsight is a beautiful thing though isn't it.

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.

Very good.

Region: Wrattonbully
RRP: $26
Source: Sample

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