Craig Winchell wrote:David, I have no problem with anything you have said, except... you sure we're talking about a Malbec which is well under a year old? And you're comparing it to Aussie Shiraz rather than Beaujolais? It's a leap of faith for me, man. On the other hand, the Chardonnay seems very much realistic.
Craig Winchell wrote:Gabe, what I meant was that we're discussing a wine well under a year past harvest in the southern hemisphere. Harvest was probably February, or early March. With that in mind, producing a complete red wine this soon after harvest depends upon the stylistic approach one takes. One stressing early harvest, cool fermentation, early pressing off skins with little addition of press wine, and taking steps to remove tannic profile, is more akin to Beaujolais than Australian Shiraz. Making wine like Aussie Shiraz woiuld likely require far more time before bottling and release. Tasting like Aussie Shiraz implies high ripeness, and should not be conducive to early release like this.
Craig Winchell wrote:As I told David, I thought the Chard was worth multiples of its price, but the Malbec left me cold. It was just another mediocre Argentine Malbec. On the other hand, it wasn't worse than that, and it was cheap.
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