The Best Vineyards
‘We choose the best parcels of Malbec that we can find from across Australia, regardless of region, bringing them together to make The Best Lot.’
The search for the best parcels of Malbec takes me on a journey far and wide….and while not every vineyard is incorporated in the final blend each vintage, with each vineyard brings their own personality to the table.
This flyover shows some of the lengths I go in search of The Best Lot.
All these vineyards have their proximity to the sea in common. Malbec it seems does like to feel the sea air!
Located just a few kilometres from the coastline between Normanville and Second Valley, this exceptional vineyard lies in a natural amphitheatre surrounded by pine forests and the Ingalalla Falls. The grapes here are intense in flavour and muscular in structure.
12 Mile Vineyard, Robe.
If it were possible to plant a malbec vineyard in the worst possible place…..this would be it. But that’s what makes this vineyard so special. Its windswept, particularly at flowering meaning that the yields, bunches and berries are tiny. But what fruit it does produce is powerful with remarkable depth of flavour.
The Chook Block, Langhorne Creek.
Langhorne Creek is arguably the engine room of Australian Malbec. This vineyard is planted on loam over red clay soils and so has quite high fertility potential. Perfume and crushed violet prettiness and intensity are the characteristics here.
Lake Plains Road, Langhorne Creek.
Planted to pre phylloxera, Australian Heritage clones this vineyard lies on the flood plain of the Bremer River. The deep siliceous (river) sands are free draining and quite poor but good for grapevines, forcing the roots deep to search for water. The low inherent fertility is good for tempering grapevine vigour. Richness, generosity and colour grows here...in spades!