Giunta Malbec Nouveau 2018
For this lighter style, the Malbec colour is quite a dark purple. The nose is wild with savoury black olives, brambly fruit with hints of smokey and dusty aromatics. The front palate is soft with rich blackberries and plum with a spicy and edgy mid palate. The tannins are plush and lean with clean finish making for a very easy and refreshing experience. This wine is meant to be drunk young but can age for 2-3 years.
“This is an up-front, aromatically fragrant Malbec with dark plum, boysenberry, herb and floral notes with a fine tannin core and ethereal finish.”
-Raymond Chan, 4 stars
Hawke’s Bay lies on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The region enjoys dry summers with moderate, cool nights. This wine reflects a single vineyard Malbec which was grown in the Bridge Pa Appellation on the Heretaunga Plains. The soils are Silty-loam, free draining red metal of mixed alluvial and volcanic origin. The wines tend to reflect more lush fruit and rounder tannins. The 2017-18 season was fairly dry and hot followed by a splash of rain in February and March. However the season remained solid and is generally considered a very good vintage. There were two clones of Malbec (595 and Dr. Rod) grown in adjacent blocks on the same soil structure.
Picked in early April the fruit was then destemmed and only lightly crushed to allow the skins to slowly breakdown during the fermentation. The fruit was then cold macerated for 3 days on skins before slowly warming the 3 tonne fermenter and allowing a wild fermentation to kick in. Fermentation lasted 13 days before the wine was then macerated on skins again for an additional 15 days and which also allowed for full malolactic fermentation to take place on skins. The wine was then pressed to tank and settled and again racked off its heavy sediment in June. In July the wine was evaluated and the decision was made to release this wine for the spring as a ‘Nouveau’ Wine and bottled in August meant for young drinking.
ph – 3.92 TA – 4.3 Alc – 13.5%