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2012 Cellar Door Malbec

2012 Cellar Door Malbec

2012 Cellar Door Malbec

91 Points 91 92 Points 92 93 Points 93




Inky purple black typical of the variety


Rich mulberry, maraschino cherry and blood plum with lifted floral overtones


Fresh cedary spices from maturation in French oak adds lovely savoury complexity. Richness, softness and drive of flavour are all hallmarks of our Margaret River Malbec style.


2015 -will cellar beyond 2025+

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The 2012 vintage in Margaret River is the sixth consecutive outstanding vintage that the region has experienced. The lead up to vintage was dry and warm with only a couple of very warm spells in January and early February which the vines handled well and is critical for the ripening of the Malbec variety. The night temperatures were cool (cooler than in 2011) which has produced a fragrant, full flavoured Malbec wine with richness, softness and length.

The fruit for our 2012 Malbec came from our Wilyabrup vineyard in the warmer northern part of the Margaret River wine region. This vineyard has consistently produced ripe, distinct Malbec as it is has warm, gravelly soils as well as being subject to warmer day temperatures and cooler nights due to being located away from the coast - consistently producing ripe Malbec with intense colour and flavor in the end wine with fantastic varietal expression. The fruit was picked at night and cold soaked for 4 days to maximise colour intensity and stability and bright, fresh fruit flavours and aromatics. It also allowed us to press earlier thus ensuring a soft texture in the end wine. All batches were aerated thoroughly throughout fermentation to maximise yeast health, colour intensity and a fine tannin structure to also ensure softness in the end wine. Seed removal was undertaken on skins to further assist in achieving this. After 8 days of fermentation on skins, the ferment was pressed to tank to finish primary fermentation. Once dry, the wine was racked off lees into new (35%) and 3yr old fine grained French oak puncheons (500L) where they underwent malolactic fermentation. After 15 months barrel maturation, the wine was carefully blended following trials on the tasting bench before being coarsely filtered once and bottle matured.


Margaret River 100%


Malbec 100% 


  • Alc Vol: 14.5%
  • TA: 6.98g/L
  • pH: 3.36

Steak or lamb

Ray Jordan - The West Australian Wine Guide 2015

This is another of the cellar door wines and it is definitely worth the trip to get some, A blending variety used occasionally as a varietal and when it does it usually excels- like this one. Has a typically fine tannin influence with floral aromatics. Lovely sweet fruit flavours and those chewy tannins provide perfect balance.

93 Points 93

Huon Hooke - Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine - Top 100 new releases 

The colour is deep and there are aromas of dark chocolate, smoky oak and char. The palate is full-bodied, dense, big and mouth-filling with lashings of tannin and bright acidity all in harmony. A satisfying drink.

92 Points 92

Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

Liquorice allsorts, exotic spices, plum and redcurrant, dusty cedar oak, coffee – great to get your nose into. Medium to full bodied, hazelnuts, plum and red fruits, attractive toothy tannin, balanced acidity and a lovely fresh redcurrant, tobacco and spice laced finish. Slight warmth, but this is doing a very good job with Malbec. I like it.

91 Points 91

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