Malbec is one of the six classic Bordeaux red grapes. To fully express its flavors Malbec needs a lot of heat and sun which makes it a great grape for this area. The Grove Malbec is made from 100% locally grown fruit and has great tannins and color.
Three consecutive vintages of Grove Malbec have won gold medals:
- The 2013 Malbec medaled at both the 2015 NC Wine Competiton and the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Wine Competition
- The 2010 Malbec won a gold medal at the 2011 NC State Wine Competition
- The 2009 Malbec won a gold medal at the 2011 NC State Wine Competition
- The 2008 Malbec won a gold medal at the 2010 NC State Wine Competititon
This is a small batch wine with only a barrel or two made each year.
The 2011 Malbec was released on 12/14/2013. This wine was harvested on 9/17/2011 at 21.3 brix and a pH of 3.8. ICV-D21 yeast (from Languedoc) was used for fermentation and the wine was aged in Hungarian oak barrels. The TA was 5.3 and alcohol was 12.5%. Only 39 cases were produced. The 2011 Malbec earned an 88 point rating from BTI's Tastings and received the following comments, "Garnet color. Smoky, earthy aromas suggest melted toffee, cedar plank, and baked berries with a supple, tangy medium body and a currant, nut, blood orange and earth driven finish. A zesty malbec for the table."