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2019 Balverne Malbec

2019 Balverne Malbec
Chalk Hill

Equally as stunning from visual, to nose, to palate, this estate Malbec creates a symbiotic relationship between Old and New World aromatics and flavor notes. A bouquet of boysenberry jam, tart red plum, brown sugar crystals, and undertones of violets are found on the nose. In contrast, on the palate, one is met with a sense of terroir by way of fresh forest floor and structured earthy tannin, with hints of bramble and berry juice on the finish. 
 

Silver Medal
- 2021 Dan Berger's Wine Competition
- 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Competition
- 2022 East Meets West Wine Competition

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SKU: 19BVMB
Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Malbec
Appellation
Chalk Hill
Acid
5.36 g/L
pH
3.57
Aging
18 Months in Barrel
Residual Sugar
.7 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This estate Malbec creates a symbiotic relationship between Old and New World aromatics and flavor notes. A bouquet of boysenberry jam, tart red plum, brown sugar crystals and undertones of violets are found on the nose. In contrast, on the palate, one is met with a sense of terroir by way of fresh forest floor and structured earthy tannin, with hints of bramble and berry juice on the finish.
Vineyard Notes
This Malbec comes from the French clone 595 and is grown on the lower half of the Estate with southern exposure. The heavy clay soils of the ancient seabed add a minerality component to the mouthfeel that really complements the fruit character. This clone is susceptible to uneven fruit set which can be a benefit because it produces a percentage of small berries with only one seed. This raises the skin to juice ratio and produces a very intense color and flavor profile that is unique to Malbec.
Winemaker Notes
The wine starts with the benefit of a 5 day cold soak at 50 degrees for maximum aqueous color extraction. Non-Saccharomyces yeast is used pre-fermentation for sulfite reduction therapy. Native yeast fermentation lasts 14-18 days and is not allowed above 80 degrees. Aged in 100% French oak for up to 18 months.

Product Reviews

Frank Hamilton's Gravatar
Frank Hamilton
(Dec 19, 2021 at 9:58 AM)
Received a bottle from the Estate viticulturalist, this is a quality Malbec with earthy tannin!

JP's Gravatar
JP
(Jan 27, 2022 at 2:59 PM)
Argentine-style malbec, what more could you ask for?

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