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2018 Malbec

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Wine Specs
Okanagan Valley
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This medium bodied red wine is a beautiful inky dark violet color and has bold spice overriding ripe fruit flavors and concentrated textures from mature tannins representative of the great growing season. This wine is presently showing flavors reminiscent of blackberry, cherry, raspberry, with hints of cloves, cinnamon, tobacco, coffee, and nuances of smoky, toasted French oak. The wine has a medium acidity that is balanced and mouthwatering creating freshness on the pallet. Tannins are moderate and velvety giving a long lasting finish that will further soften with time. This wine will age nicely 7-10 years.
Vineyard Notes
The 2018 vintage was another good year in the vineyard. Bud break was April 27th and harvest dates were mid-October. The grapes for this wine were sourced from our estate vineyard only. The vines were in their 16th leaf and the canopy and water were carefully managed allowing the fruit to fully ripen before harvest. The vines are grown on south facing slopes where soils are composed of rock, sand, and gravel laid down during the last glacial recession.
Winemaker Notes
All grapes were hand-picked, and destemmed. Approximately 80% of the fruit was left whole, uncrushed. The grapes were cold soaked between 3-5 days and then fermented in both stainless steel tanks (2200 and 2850 litre) and small fermentation totes to maximize skin to juice contact. The wine was transferred, following pressing, to tanks to settle then transferred to barrels where malolactic fermentation was completed. Wine was aged in French oak barrels (33% new) for approximately 14 months. Following aging, final filtering, and bottling, resulted in the 2018 Malbec.
Product Reviews
Cyndi's Gravatar
(Apr 27, 2020 at 8:54 AM)
One of the best Malbecs I've tried. I always make sure I get some when produced.

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Sally Argast
(Apr 27, 2020 at 10:22 AM)
Lovely wine

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Ken Sheptycki
(Apr 27, 2020 at 11:09 AM)
Great wine! Nice on the nose, smooth on the palate, pleasant aftertaste. My wife and I really enjoyed the bottle we shared and look forward to sharing the others we have with friends/family.

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Laurene Steffler
(May 7, 2020 at 2:58 PM)
Wonderful. No wonder it sells out very fast.

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Leslee Jodry
(May 31, 2020 at 7:18 PM)
Love it!

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Lori Keith
(Jun 16, 2020 at 9:50 AM)
This is one of our favourite wines from one of our favourite wineries. It doesn't last long (either at the winery or in our wine storage)! We brought this to a family dinner and people stopped eating to mention how delicious the wine was. We just nodded... "it's Riverstone". :)

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Joan Shaw
(Jun 17, 2020 at 8:24 AM)
This is the first year we ordered the Malbec. In earlier years, it was always sold out when we visited the winery in September. So I got smart and ordered in May. It is a superb Malbec. Gorgeous taste and colour. Worth the wait!!!

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