2016 Malbec

2016 Malbec

Small lot with less than 210 cases produced.

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Juicy and layered, the nose is reminiscent of dusty, ripe blueberries and violets. The wine is dry with chewy, chalky tannins that are balanced with bright acidity hinting at the future potential of this wine. Full on the palate with further floral characteristics and blackberries with well integrated oak characteristics. 


John Schreiner "This is a small lot release, with most of the vineyard’s Malbec dedicated to the Red Icon blend. It begins with aromas of plums, cherries and mocha, leading to flavours of blueberry and black cherry with spice and red licorice on the finish." 92 Points

Awards for past vintages:
2015 Malbec – Silver Medal, InterVin International Wine Awards 2018/2019

Media for past vintages:
2015 Malbec - 92 Points, John Schreiner  "This wine was released just to Painted Rock’s wine club. It begins with powerful and appealing aromas of violets, cherries and plums, leading to flavours of black cherry, blackberry and plum. The finish goes on and on.


Harvest was on October 19, 2016 from our single vineyard block of Malbec. Our estate has just 1 acre of Malbec planted with 2,000 plants. The small batch was cold soaked on the skins for 4 days and fermented for an additional 21 days on the skins in tank with twice daily pump overs. The resulting wine was then aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak. Most of our Malbec is used to create our Red Icon blend. Small lots can only be made in select vintages. Unfiltered. 

Alcohol %: 15.0
Titratable Acidity: 6.6g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.6 g/L
PH: 3.87


The 2016 growing season started out early and similar to 2015 - hot hot hot. Both bud break and flowering were ahead of schedule in the spring with little rainfall, lots of sun and warm temperatures in both April and May. In June things became less consistent with more rain and lower temperatures. This weather continued through July with temperatures continuing to sit below the average for the first half of the month. It was mid-July before 'summer' seemed to kick back in with temperatures sitting around average for the rest of July, August and September.