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2019 DJL Malbec


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Malbec has always played an important role in many of our Cabernet blends, and up until now our only varietal Malbec releases have been tiny amounts under our Stevens Road label. The opportunity to source more Malbec from a mature Wilyabrup vineyard, gave us the chance to also bottle a small amount of this wonderful variety under our DJL label.

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Malbec (100%)
Margaret River
The growing season began with a late budburst after a relatively cold winter with reasonable rainfall. The cool spring which followed resulted in some uneven flowering and fruit set, and generally lower than average yields. We experienced a significant (and unusual) rain event mid-January which was timely due to the later season, and this was followed by some fine, mild weather to get vintage underway. There was a complete lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest which meant that bird pressure was extreme! Bird-netting was absolutely vital this season. There was a minor rain event coupled with high humidity mid-March which presented some challenges requiring careful fruit selection with some white varieties; however, this gave way to some beautiful weather right through until late April. Fruit for this blend was entirely estate grown on our Stevens Road vineyard in the Wallcliffe sub-region of Margaret River.

Tasting Notes

Deep red with vibrant purple hues.
Dark and brooding, displaying striking aromas of ripe blackberries with rose petal and hints of spice, white pepper and dark chocolate in the background.
The generous palate is full bodied and layered with black plums, mulberries, and inky forest fruits. The concentrated fruit flavours are supported by a dense tannin structure, and persist through to a warm, lingering finish.


The fruit was crushed and destemmed then fermented in a static fermenter at 25°C for 6 days, during which the cap was managed by regular aerative pump overs. After a gentle pressing near the end of ferment the wine completed fermentation and MLF in tank followed by14 months’ maturation in a selection of fine French oak barriques (30% new). The wine was blended, filtered and bottled without any fining.

Professional Reviews

The first single-varietal bottling of malbec under the DJL label, and hopefully not the last. Expressing the house style of fruit purity, this is exploding with red snakes, blackberry, summer mulberries and red licorice. The palate has all that, shaped by firm tannins and good length of flavour. Another cracking high-value wine at a decent price from Xanadu. Delicious.
Gold Medal
A bold delivery of rich dark plum, chocolate and violet-like florals. Some blueberry, too. The palate has a smoothly juicy feel with such plush and fleshy ripe dark plums and berries. So drinkable and flavorful now. Screw cap.