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Browns of Padthaway Edward Family Reserve Malbec

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There’s not a huge amount of straight Malbec made in Australia as it’s most commonly blended into Cabernet or Shiraz to lend some elements of savoury spice. It’s not Argentinean, however it would be the best match to a bloody and charred steak on the barbie. The nose is perfumed with mulberry and spice, some dark plum and a touch of vanilla from the oak before a concentrated palate of sweet fruit and spice. The mouthfeel is soft, the tannins excellent, and the experience of drinking this wine, epic.

Winemaker's Notes

We love it! It is unashamedly deep in colour, with purple red hues despite its age. It’s a genuinely lovely red wine hue, with great depth, too. Beautiful to gaze at in the glass. But that’d be a waste... as it has an equally lovely nose with immediate appeal from aromas of sweet fruits such as redcurrants and stewed red fruits, followed immediately by the dried sage and crushed dried leaves which are very typically Malbec.

The palate features these intriguing counterpoints of sweet fruit and dried herbs; all supported by suede-like, fine tannins. These tannins would be prominent and perhaps too dry if not for the intense floral flavours which persist on the finish; it has great length.

What to eat with it? Do as the Argentineans do: enjoy a rare, well-aged steak garnished with fresh garlic and parsley; or dry cheeses such as vintage Cheddar, or mature (Spanish) Manchego.

Browns of Padthaway Wine Reviews & Accolades

"Astounding value for a seven-year-old. Malbec, Argentinas top grape, is rarely made here. But this delicious deep red/purple tipple, made by David OLeary and Nick Walker, has an elegant, concentrated palate crammed with dark red fruit. There are juicy sweet tannins and lifted finish. " Jeff Collerson, Dailly Telegraph - January 2010.

"... is deeply coloured, with sweetish fruit and briary notes. These continue through to currant fruit that mixes with attractive oak, light herbaceous and minty flavours." - Mike Burnett, Launceston Examiner - February 2010.

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Browns of Padthaway Edward Family Reserve Malbec

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2003 Vintage) says
It’s matured very nicely. It tastes of leather and plums and malt and right now it’s drinking a treat. There’s quite a bit of savoury, earthy, gamey, almost briney character here but it’s a positive element in the wine. The nose in particular offers an array of developed aroma but it has the tannin and length to sail on for a few years yet. Lots of enjoyment to be had here.
92
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good colour; very strong varietal character of plum jam and prunes; soft tannins; good overall balance; ageing remarkably well.
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2009
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Ultra-typical of variety, with a juicy, jammy mid-palate, then surprising tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90

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