Malakoff is one of those places where, to me, it looks like it would be a bugger to do anything but grow grapes. Hard red ferrous clay soils with heavy deposits of ironstone & quartz interspersed throughout. Combined with warm & dry conditions through the growing season (though with cooler nights) it presents a myriad of challenges. But it also produces fruit of great intensity, predominantly shiraz & nebbiolo, now widely sought after by producers in the know.
From vines planted in 2000 by the John family & still meticulously farmed by them to this day, & from a vintage that was pretty much a cracker all across Victoria, we present our third exploration of the site in the 2015 Malakoff Estate Vineyard Nebbiolo.
Volume: 215 dozen
Site: Malakoff Estate Vineyard, Pyrenees, Victoria
Winemaking: Hand picked, destemmed to 4 x one ton open pots & wild yeast fermented. Gently plunged daily, pressed after 12 days, barreled down for a couple of weeks then racked & blended before maturing for around 8 months in old hogs heads. Racked again, settled (but not filtered or fined) before being bottled in November 2015. Released September 2016.