Put your hand up if you have walked into a bottle shop and asked for a bottle of Malbec. Thought so…not many people have. Okay, so, that’s just an assumption by me but a pretty fair one I reckon. Let’s face it, the main ones that punters handed over their hard-earned dollars for are usually Cabernet, Shiraz, GSM blends and Pinot Noir. Personally, I think it’s a shame because when you see examples like this one from the Granite Belt, people really need to expand their palates.
The colour, or should I say colours, are terrific! From the middle, it’s a glossy, shiny deep red/maroon, then towards the edges it becomes a vibrant plummy purple colour. The nose and palate exude that same vibrancy. Plenty of black fruits and dark plums present so beautifully and richly yet in no more than a slightly better than medium bodied way if you know what I mean. There’s a smooth and juicy, textural feel that fills every nook and cranny of your mouth. It’s nice and savoury with hints of herbs and spice, the tannins are a little drying but in balance with the abundant fruit and has pretty good length too. My word this is a good wine!!
Region: Granite Belt, Queensland Price: $35 (Great buying!) Source: Sample thanks to Golden Grove Estate