For 10 vintages I made a small batch of Malbec, which would ultimately be blended into a somewhat famous wine. Of the five Bordeaux varieties it often seemed a waste to blend the Malbec away. It was always great drinking, effortlessly balanced, with great flavour. At the first opportunity I grafted some Malbec onto Chardonnay vines. The grafts take a couple of years to mature, and so in 2018 I have my first Malbec in barrel. In contrast to a lot of modern Malbec it won't be an overripe monster, nor will it be heavily oaked. It does have fantastic concentration, and unique flavour. It was basket pressed, and is currently maturing in a 1yo puncheon (500L). It will most likely be released in winter 2019, but it's too soon to say...

 Malbec from the basket press

Malbec from the basket press

 Malbec grafted onto Chardonnay

Malbec grafted onto Chardonnay