2007 The Mallee Root
The Victory Point vineyard was planted in 1998 and has never been irrigated. This has meant the vines have an extraordinarily deep root structure which is providing the basis for plant health and fruit production.
The expectations of the 2007 vintage from Margaret River, for red wine quality in particular, are very high and the Mallee Root will not disappoint.
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (68%), Merlot (18%) and Malbec (14%) grown from the Victory Point vineyard. The combination of these varieties gives a full flavoured wine with light tannins.
The wine was matured in French oak (30% new) for 18 months and bottled February 2009.
Colour: Brilliant, deep brick red in colour with purple hues around the rims edge.
Bouquet: Lifted notes of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and leather are the primary aromas that are immediately recognisable. To finish off, what is an attractive nose, there are background nuances of cigar box and earthy characters.
Palate: Running from the front to the back of the palate, black cherries intermingled with raspberries are the fruit flavours that stand out from the mainly red fruit characters of the mid palate. Finish has good length and is that of dark berries and cherry oak. Tannins around the palate are fine and dusty and will soften with more bottle age.
Cellaring: This wine has the fruit strength and has had the oak treatment that will enable it to cellar well. Can be enjoyed now with decanting but will certainly stand up for ageing at least five years or more.
Drink: Until 2015
James Halliday Wine Companion | 94 / 100
A wine which is as much about its delicious finish and aftertaste as those things which provide the foundation for what follows. It has slinky and supple fruit flavours, the malbec making a major contribution. Cabernet sauvignon/Malbec/Merlot…