Intense garnet to dark purple in colour with vibrant aromas of violets, cocoa and black pepper. The palate shows richness and roundness with flavours of blackberries and plum.
Planted on a western facing slope and in Glenrosa type soils on a deep shale base, this vineyard of Malbec ripens quite early yielding superior quality fruit with good analysis and a lovely vibrant natural acidity. The grapes were hand picked and whole bunch sorted over a week and crushed and destemmed into a stainless steel tank. Most of the extraction happens during a coldsoak for two to three days, followed by a slow fermentation. With extended time on the skins post ferment, further aroma development is allowed. After malolactic fermentation finishes naturally on the skins, the grapes were pressed at -2° balling and matured in 40% new French oak as well as 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels for 12 months before racking and bottling in June 2020.
|Total Acidity:||5.7 g/l|
|Residual Sugar:||3 g/l|
Serve with roast leg of lamb, also great with matured cheese and preserves.
Springbok fillet cooked in a Malbec reduction.
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2007||Double Gold: Michelangelo Wine Awards 2009
Double Gold: Tri Nations 2009
National Winner: SA Terroir Wine Awards 2009
Gold: Decanter World Wine Awards
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2008||Gold: Decanter World Wine Awards|
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2009||Gold: Michelangelo Wine Awards 2010
National Winner: SA Terroir Wine Awards 2011
Gold: Michelangelo Wine Awards 2011
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2010||Top 100 winner: Top 100 SA Wines 2012
Best Value: Top 100 SA Wines 2012
National Winner: SA Terroir Wine Awards 2012
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2011||Silver: Michelangelo Wine Awards 2013|
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2014||Top 20 SA wines for 2016 and best Malbec over 10 years: SAWi
National Winner: SA Terroir Awards 2016
Best Single Vineyard Wine: SA Terroir Awards 2016
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2015||Double Platinum: National Wine Challenge 2017 / Top 100 SA Wines
Top 100 winner: National Wine Challenge 2017 / Top 100 SA Wines
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2016||90 Points: Tim Atkin Report 2018|
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2017||91 Points: Tim Atkin Report 2019
Regional Winner: Terroir Awards 2019
Best wine in region: Quest for the best 2019
|Signatures of Doolhof Malbec 2018||Double Platinum / Top 100 Winner: National Wine Challenge 2021 / Top 100 SA Wines
82.6 points: Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2021
Bronze 89 points: Decanter World Wine Awards 2021