Ridgemill Estate 2019 Malbec/Mourvedre

I have to say I’m a sucker for Malbec and Mourvedre and now they’ve been put in one bottle together, how could I resist! 60% Malbec and 40% Mourvedre, you can expect some powerful fruits in this one. What a great vintage 2019 is shaping to be on The Granite Belt and don’t you just love swirling new red grape juice in a big glass, this one gleams and radiates a spectrum of black, purple and red roses.

The redolence of the wine is almost risqué, there are black fruits, black pepper, spices and hints of road tar and all this races at you in the initial whiff. It’s a big bouquet experience and worth spending some time with it to prepare your senses for what is about to come.

This wine, from the get go fully opens it’s sluice gates and gushes across your palate with seductive succulence. Such an ebullient welcoming it’s impossible not to get caught up in the enthusiasm! Big black fruits herald the arrival of aniseed, black peppery spice, earthy and meaty charcuterie, some sweet aspects immediately juxtaposed against sour/tarty and savoury qualities, very fine soft and cuddly tannins that nevertheless manage to deliver a little late dryness to your palate. The wine just oozes pleasure, it’s made to be drunk now and up to just a few years from now but I think it might go a couple more.

This wine accompanied some slow cooked Osso Bucco – organic grass fed beef from Boss Meats a local Stanthorpe butcher. If you’re lucky enough to source Boss Meats products you’re in for a real treat, some of the best meats I have ever tasted and just another great Granite Belt product.

Tasted: Friday 16th May, 2020 without food and then with over several hours.
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $28
Suggested Drinking Window: now to 2024
Winemaker: Peter McGlashan
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Posted by Peter Pacey

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