Blaauwklippen Malbec 2020

Tasting Notes

Winery: Blaauklippen
Varietal: Malbec
SKU: BLAMAL2020 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Blaauwklippen Malbec 2020



93 pts Wine Mag

Attractive aromatics of red and black berries, floral fragrance, fresh herbs, pencil shavings and oak spice precede a palate that has great fruit definition, bright acidity and fine tannins, the finish nicely dry. Not insubstantial at 14.73% alcohol but wonderfully clean-cut and well-weighted (maturation lasted 12 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, of which 23% were new).

4 ½ Stars Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Fulsome body, sleek but active tannins, piercing black cherry fruit, 20 (90 pts) appealing violet scent & spice from year in mostly older barrels, solid mineral core showing better ripeness than 19.



Winemaker Notes

Grapes originated from 3 vineyard blocks on our farm: one block on high potential Tukulu soil (planted at 2,5m x 1,4m wide) and the other two blocks on poorer Klapmuts soil (planted at 1,8m x 1.0m), all with Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) trellis systems. Malbec clones MC26 and MC71 were used and all blocks are under drip irrigation. Annual yield is between 7 and 10 tons/ha.

Handpicked grapes were transported to the cellar where the winemaking process commenced. Grapes from the different blocks were separately destemmed and whole berry fermented in stainless-steel tanks and French oak casks. Twice daily pump-overs ensured the delicate extraction of tannins. The total time on the skins were 21 days before pressing. Malo-lactic fermentation and maturation followed in 300L French oak barrels for 12months. 23% new oak incorporated.

Dark chocolate, mineral and tobacco nuances support the abundant notes of mulberry, cassis, blueberry, black berry and plums. Plush chalky tannins with vibrant texture on the palate. A fine aromatic finish with lingering length and creamy flinty texture.

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