2020 Hell Malvasia
Delinquente's Hell - experimental, super small batch, boundary pushing wines.
Malvasia is a variety we’re really excited about - big bunches, intense fruit flavour, late ripening and holds onto acidity in hot weather – perfect for The Riverland! The fruit for this wine was hand picked and then vinified in two different ways - one third was whole bunch pressed, the balance fermented on skins for 14 days. Each parcel was aged separately in used French barriques for about 8 months, before being racked once and blended back together prior to bottling. This wine sees no additions of any kind save for a small amount of SO2 at bottling.
Working with the fruit in this way has allowed us to create a layered and very unique wine, with length and drive, funk and clarity. Its super aromatic on the nose, and while initially you get that pop of intense stone fruit sweetness, its balanced out by the savoury, briney, almost saltiness imparted by time on skins. The acid line holds beautifully to cut through all this and provide the length and drinkability required. Allow fish and chips, or spaghetti with swordfish and capers, to find a new friend.
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