Decibel 'Testify' Malbec 2018/19

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Hand-picked in late April and transported in whole bunches from the vineyard to the close-by winery in small baskets. 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 5 days on skins before slowly warming each of the 2 tonne fermenters and allowing a wild fermentation to kick in.

Fermentation lasted 18 days before the wine was then macerated on skins again for an additional 19 days. The wine was then pressed to tank before it was put to a new 500 litre French Puncheun and two three-year old French barrques. It was decided shortly before bottling to make a 100%Malbec wine for the Testify range as the 2016 vintage along with the winemaking and oak regime gave a very pure and elegant expression of the varietal.

Fleshy plum, five spice and rich tamarillo on the first breath. The nose evolves into savoury notes with a light cassis aroma. The palate is structured straight through with dusty, drying tannins and lengthy dried tea notes. After first taste, the wine evolves into a fuller, rounder palate with distinctly Gimblett Gravels angular tannin structure built to last for many, many years.



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