2019 Malbec

2019 Malbec

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The inky dark purple colour invites you in with a floral nose and aromas of dusty blueberries. The supple tannins are elegantly balanced with further bright flavours of blackberries, red plums, and vanilla.

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Awards for past vintages:
2018 Malbec - 93 Points, John Schreiner
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:

Malbec 2018 -  Sadly, only 170 cases of this magnificent wine were made. It is dark, with the floral aroma classic to this varietal, mingled with cassis and plum. It is rich on the palate with flavours of dark cherry and blackberry mingled with mocha and spice. 93.

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 2019 our Malbec was harvested on October 10. The wine was aged in 30% new oak for 18 months. Unfiltered. 

Alcohol %: 14.3
Titratable Acidity: 6.2 g/L
Residual Sugar: 1.9 g/L
PH: 3.74
Production: 145 cases


Overall, the 2019 vintage had challenges, but we are exceptionally proud with how our site and team handled them. The season started off cool with more than average rainfall. Our team effectively cropped and maintained the vineyard to ensure high quality fruit and ripeness. While this in turn led us to having the lowest crop yield since 2012, it was well worth it. Our site conditions made it so that we did not experience the early October frosts and were able to continue to hang fruit until late October. Overall, Alain says that this will be a spectacular cool climate vintage from Painted Rock.