The Listening Station Malbec – Produced by Boutinot Australia.
Boutinout Australia produce quintessentially Australian wines, consistent in quality, hugely appealing that have gained a loyal following.
All the Malbec fruit for this wine comes from an estate in Piangil where there are 5 hectares of Malbec that were planted back in 2000. With their age and the harsh growing conditions, the Malbec vines are less vigorous which leads to a more intense colour and flavour. They are trained on a two wire vertical trellis, drip irrigation and minimum fertilisation. All the vines are machine harvested at night between mid to late March and grown on red sandy loam soil with limestone clay base. The climate in Victoria very close to a Mediterranean one with summer temperatures between 30 and 40°C ensuring maximum intensity of the fruit.
The Science Bit:
Once the grapes have been crushed pressed and sent to the fermenter, the winery then pumps over 4 times a day. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks at 25 degrees for three weeks. Malolactic fermentation takes place over 4 weeks. 50% of the blend is aged with French and American for 3 months.
What does it go with?
Red meats, strong cheese, stews or a spicy Mediterranean dish. And actually if you like them full bodied and full of fruit it’s great on it’s own.