2018 Estate Malbec

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2018 Estate Malbec
2018 Estate Malbec

This is the fifth vintage of our Estate Riverbend Vineyard Malbec.  As the Malbec vines have matured over the years the resulting grapes, and wines, have become darker and inkier in both color and flavor.  The 2018 vintage is an exquisite example of true Malbec varietal character.

Tasting notes
Bright plum with notes of black licorice, cocoa dust
Production notes

Pick decisions are based equally on grape juice chemistry (Brix/pH/TA), as well as flavor and physical maturity of the grapes. Harvested early in the morning, the hand-picked grapes are promptly delivered to the winery for immediate processing. Whole-cluster sorted to remove any material other than grapes (MOG), before being destemmed and lightly crushed into 1-ton fermenters. The must is allowed to rest for 24 hours before inoculation with a selected yeast strain. The must is gently punched-down twice daily to ensure proper phenolic extraction. When fermentation is nearly complete the free-run wine is pumped directly into a combination of French and American oak barrels (225L).  Barrel aged 22 months, followed by another year in bottle before release.

Varietal Composition90% Malbec, 7% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
AppellationWahluke Slope
VineyardEstate Riverbend Vineyard
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/2020
Cases Produced328

Estate Riverbend Vineyard

Tyler Armour

Mike Wade

Click on the links below to get information about our
other vintages.
2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Estate "Tribute" Red Blend 2018 Estate Syrah 2018 Estate Malbec
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