Jilyara 'Heath Road' Malbec 2018 (Margaret River, Western Australia) "...cherry, red currant, spice..."
The fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness and transported directly to the winey where it was destemmed, crushed and transferred to static fermenters which were pumped over twice a day. The wine was pressed off at dryness to retain fruit vibrancy. Post fermentation the wine was transferred to a variety of vessels – stainless steel and barrel, for maturation. After 14 months maturation the wine was blended, filtered and bottled.
The 2018 vintage will go down as a classic, great all-round year. Flowering and fruit set were also exceptional giving solid yields across WA. Some significant rain events in December set up the vineyard with good levels of ground water to see them through ripening. A relatively cool summer has allowed for slow, steady ripening of whites, retaining high levels of natural acidity. The moderate temperatures continued allowing for optimum ripening conditions for reds resulting in wines with elegance, structure and flavour.
"Juicy, bright red fruits – cherry and red current, which are balanced out by a savoury spicy note. Plush and generous, this wine is framed by chalky tannins which lead to a long, moreish finish."