Neethlingshof Malbec 2008

Neethlingshof Malbec 2008

Colour: Dark ruby.
Aroma: Floral and violet fragrances interwoven with oak, spice and dark chocolate.
Taste: Rich and full with plum and berry flavours, supported by soft tannins.

A delicious all-rounder that will partner both red and white meat dishes such as garlic and rosemary roast chicken and Beef Wellington, as well as pasta and soft cheeses.

variety : Malbec [ 100% Malbec ]
winemaker : De Wet Viljoen
wine of origin : 
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 3.56 g/l  pH : 3.68  ta : 5.09 g/l  
type : Red  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : The wine is ready to drink now but will mature for a further 5 years.

in the vineyard : The vineyards
The Malbec vineyards, established in Tukulu and Villafonté soils, are located on a westerly slope between 120m and 150m above sea level. The vines were planted in 2003 and are trellised onto a seven-wire vertical hedge system and grafted onto Richter 110 rootstock. They receive supplementary irrigation through a drip system only when necessary.

The 2008 vintage yielded 12 tons per hectare, hand harvested in March at 25° Balling.

in the cellar : After crushing, the juice remained on the skins for 24 hours. Fermentation took place in rotation tanks between 27°C to 29°C and was completed in small barrels. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in a combination of French and American new and second-fill oak for 13 months.

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