Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2021
Double Gold – China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2022
Gold – Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition 2022
Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"Bright intense red with purple hues. Blueberries, also classic Malbec mulberry, red cherries and notes of cedar; cocoa and wafts of violets. At first this Malbec is Intense, juicy and super youthful "grapeiness" again lots of blueberries. Almost overwhelming. The Middle Palate is generous and quite sensual it is structured despite the lashings of fresh fruit Really rich and lush. The after palate is flavoursome, rich sweet berry fruits and Damson plum is on top of rolling red fruits and Blueberry pie! The finish is lush and mouth filling with a glycerol sweetness balanced by gentle tannins and a soft fresh acidity. Along with barbecues, Malbec's team a treat with bold summery dishes. As they're by no means shrinking violets in the flavour department, a chilled bottle will go beautifully with beef fajitas or big-flavoured salads. Drink now until 2030."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2022 (2021 Vintage)
"Brightly fruited and instantly appealing, the wine shows Black Doris plum, blueberry, floral, chocolate and spicy oak aromas, followed by a flavoursome palate displaying ripe fruit intensity backed by velvety texture and plush tannins, making it highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2029."
4 Stars & Best Buy Cuisine NZ Bordeaux Tasting, June 2022 (2021 Vintage)
"Dark and dense with a youthful purple hue. Aromas of mulberries, blueberries and blackberries leap from the glass with plenty of cedar characters from the oak keeping the fruit in check. A bright and intense fruit-driven palate that is full bodied yet fresh."