2018 Malbec

2018 Malbec

2019 vintage to be released in September

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Striking dark purple colour in the glass, offering blackberries, cassis, dark cherries on the nose along with a floral note. The palate is full of juicy dark fruit and the tannins are silky and elegant.

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Awards for past vintages:
2017 Malbec - 93 Points John Schreiner, 93 Points Sara d'Amato, WineAlign
2016 Malbec – Gold Medal, Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada 2019
2015 Malbec – Silver Medal, InterVin International Wine Awards 2018/2019

Media for past vintages:
2016 Malbec - 92 Points, Anthony Gismondi "This is a blockbuster malbec that presents awash in black fruit and spice. The dry, desert Skaha environment may not be Andean but the proximity of the lake and cool nights have stoked its florals and acidty to keep it on point. Another level above the C.C. Jentsch and the Hillside, this tells an impressive Okanagan tale. Big, boisterous and ready to go, this must be tamed with a grilled piece of lamb or another decade in the cellar."

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.


Our estate vineyard has just 1 acre of Malbec planted with 2,000 plants. Most of our Malbec is used to create our Red Icon blend. Small lots can only be made in select vintages. In 2018 our Malbec was harvested on Oct. 12. The wine was aged in 30% new oak for 18 months. Unfiltered.  

Alcohol %: 14.0
Titratable Acidity: 6.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 1.2 g/L
PH: 3.74


It was an overall cooler vintage with a delayed start due to cool and wet weather. The vineyard caught up by mid-summer, just in time for the smoke to roll in in August and delay things with the blocked sunlight. That said, we are incredibly pleased this was the only impact of the smoke on our vineyard. We intentionally left leaves on all the vines throughout the smoke risk period in case there were soot issues, but due to the fantastic air movement on our site no soot settled on the fruit. Thanks to a lovely fall with lots of sunlight and little rain, the fruit was beautifully ripened on schedule with harvest beginning in October and completed by November 5th.