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Driftwood Estate Artifacts Malbec

Driftwood Estate Artifacts Malbec

BLEND 87.4% Malbec, 6.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.7% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Shiraz

COLOUR Vibrant, deep violet red with purple hues.

AROMATICS Lovely lifted perfume of violets and rose petals, blackcurrant pastilles and mulberries with a hint of all spice and vanilla. PALATE Juicy, generous, chewy tannins supported by a bright acid backbone provide a great framework that highlights the rich mulberry, cherry and satsuma plum fruits and lingering all spice, creating a very drinkable wine.

OAK MATURATION 20% New, 100% French oak – 12 months in barrel.

AGEING POTENTIAL Very Good – 10 years.

WINEMAKING Driftwood grafted Malbec in the 2014 growing season and the 2016 vintage was the first crop, showing sufficient promise to bottle on its own! It was inoculated with yeast and cofermented with MLF bacteria using aerative and closed pump-overs, ensuring good flavour and tannin extraction, capturing the best qualities from this variety. Gently pressed at about 0 °Be, completing MLF in tank. It was split into several batches between barrel and tank maturation on good quality French oak staves for 5 months before being racked to barrel for final maturation. In August 2017, following extensive sensory evaluation, the best barrels were blended with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot and then returned to old oak to integrate for a further 3 months. VINTAGE 2016 Margaret River just keeps on giving, another great season that started early, continued warm, provided some nervous moments but finished solidly. Excellent canopy management in the vineyard and careful netting to protect against bird damage allowed the whites to build intensity of flavour and aromas in line with balanced acid. Harvest commenced on the 5th February with the final harvest being Driftwood’s newly grafted Cabernet Sauvignon in block 2 on 8th April, showing bucket loads of promise for the future. 

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Driftwood Estate Artifacts Malbec – great wine from Margaret River

Producer: Colour: RedGrape: AustralianRegion: Western Australia, Margaret RiverVintage: 2018Grape Details: MalbecSKU: DRIFT04

£23.00 a bottle

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Driftwood Estate

Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.
In 2009, leading Australian wine writer James Halliday rated Driftwood Estate as one of the best wineries in the Margaret River region. This result has continued into the 2018 Wine Companion, where Driftwood Estate has again been rated a 5 Star Winery. The vine resources are exceptional, having had years of nurturing to ensure they produce premium fruit showcasing the Wilyabrup sub-region beautifully.
The winemaking philosophy behind the Driftwood wines is one of simplicity – quality wines are made in the vineyard. While winemaking can have a positive input, having premium quality fruit is essential. This is why Driftwood Estate is so fortunate to be located in one of the greatest viticultural areas in the world, sourcing super premium fruit year in year out. With premium quality fruit, our wine making philosophy is all about protecting and expressing the qualities found in the grapes, so that the wine lover can enjoy the pure, varietal and regional flavours from the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River.

Western Australia

Regarded as one of Australia’s best wine producing regions. It is synonymous with a new era in Australian wine. Margaret River really began its vineyard life as a result of two research reports from Californian viticulturalist Professor Harold Olmo and the Western Australian scientist Dr John Gladstone. In 1965 Dr Gladstone’s report indicated that the region had all the attributes to produce world quality wines. This advise was acted on by Dr Tom Cullity who set up his Vasse Felix vineyard near Willyabrup, followed by Dr Kevin Cullen and his wife Di who set up Cullen Wines. The climate is regarded as ‘cool’ because of its long slow ripening season. This region is regarded along with Coonawarra and the Yarra Valley as one of the premium Cabernet Sauvignon areas in Australia. The main wine styles: Red – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet-Merlot, Shiraz; White – Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho.

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