Dornier, Malbec 2018

Dornier is a family owned winery situated in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of the famous Upper Blaauwklippen Valley – in the fine company of De Trafford, Waterford and Keermont. The property produces premium quality wines, with minimal intervention in the winery, that are expressive of the terroir.

While Malbec in South Africa is predominantly used as a blending component in Bordeaux Blends, Dornier is so proud of theirs that they have been bottling a single varietal since their 2011 vintage. Planted on the highest slopes of the Dornier property, a hungry roving troop of baboons keeps the yield in check.

Dark purple in the glass and brooding on the nose – dark fruit, pretty violets and an earthy meatiness. The palate is rich and full of juicy dark fruit and chocolate, which is kept in check by balanced acidity and fine tannin.


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Tasting Note by the Winemaker
In South Africa Malbec is most commonly used as one of five varietals in a red Bordeaux blend. On Dornier the wine made from this grape with its thick-skinned berry and green flesh tends to be full and juicy with aromas of dark berries and plum with hints of violet that is typical of the varietal. The palate is rich in texture and shows characteristics of berry, dark chocolate and juicy fruit. The finish is long with a balanced acidity and fine tannin structure.

The Malbec vineyard is planted on our Groenkloof farm on the slopes of Stellenbosch Mountain and is the highest vineyard on Dornier. The soil consists of decomposed granite. The yield of this vineyard is kept low naturally because Malbec seems to be a favourite of the resident troop of baboons.

This wine was fermented in open stainless-steel tanks with regular pump overs. After alcoholic fermentation the wines underwent malolactic fermentation followed by 18 months ageing in 30% new and the balance in second fill and older French oak barrels.

Food pairing
This wine pairs well with barbecued meats like beef or lamb. It also matches with more exotic flavours like Thai roast duck and Cajun chicken. A classic complement to vegetarian or meat empanadas.

Analysis: Alcohol: 14.5%; Residual Sugar: 3.7 g/L; VA: 0.66 g/L; TA: 5.6 g/L; pH: 3.6

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This wine pairs well with barbecued meats. A classic complement to vegetarian or meat empanadas.


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