We have once again reinforced the position as one of the leading producers of Malbec in South Africa by being selected as national winner for Malbec at the 2012 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards. The wine to receive top honours was the Doolhof Signature Malbec 2010. This is the third year this honour goes to a Doolhof Malbec.
Earlier this year the Signature Malbec 2010 was also chosen from around 400 of South Africa’s top wines and one of only 51 red wines to be included in the prestigious Top 100 South African Wine Challenge list. The Signature Malbec 2010 is the 4th Malbec vintage to be released at Doolhof and follows in the celebrated footsteps of the previous vintages. Previous accolades for Doolhof Malbec include: The 2007 vintage receiving double gold medals at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, as well as the Tri Nations Wine Challenge, a gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, as well as being chosen as the top Malbec in the annual Novare Terroir Wine Awards. The 2008 vintage clinched a gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards and the 2009 was awarded a gold medal at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards and received the honour of being chosen the Top Malbec at the Novare Terroir Wine Awards.
Doolhof is located in the historic Bovlei valley, north east of Wellington and currently 2.5 hectares of the 380 hectare farm is planted with Malbec. The Malbec vineyard was planted in 2003 and is the highest vineyard on the property situated just below the Bainskloof Pass. The location of this vineyard means that the vineyard team must compete with baboons and wild pigs for the grapes, resulting in limited production! Doolhof Wine Estate is an accredited member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative which is an industry wide project to help promote the conservation of fynbos.
The Doolhof Signature Malbec 2010 sells for R115.00 per bottle.
For more information, please visit: www.doolhof.com
Did you know?
Malbec is commonly produced in France as a blending component for Bordeaux or Bordeaux-style wines. The original Malbec vineyards were located mainly in France but a severe freeze in 1956 wiped out approximately 75% of the Malbec grapes. Many vintners turned to planting hardier grapes with the exception of the vineyards in the Cahors region in the southwest of France where Malbec is still popular.
In Argentina there are many single varietal Malbec examples and it is widely regarded as their national wine. Argentina now produces over 70% of the world’s Malbec grapes.
Malbec wines have a deep, dark red colour with flavours of berries, plums, with some tobacco, chocolate, and mineral, earthy tones. They go especially well with spicy foods such as Mexican, Latin, Cajun, Indian, and Italian dishes. They also pair well with grilled steaks, sausage, and chilli.
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