A wine of character and one Daniel has been producing since 2009. As with every Decibel Malbec release, the colour is an intense deep purple. Initial aromas reveal fragrant violets, cardamom pods, and ripe plums, the lush fruitiness powered by the warmth of the growing season and unique soil composition of the Highway 50 Gravels. Complex layers of bramble, blackberry, and black cherry interplay against the hallmark bright acidity and soft tannins of Decibel Malbec. With it's fruit and spice balance, this is easy to pair with a broad range of flavours, try with grilled vegetables, barbecued meats, or boldly spiced dishes.
The 2021 growing season was exceptional with a warm summer being followed by a very dry autumn, providing optimal conditions for ripening red grapes. The resultant wines from this season are brilliant in tannin structure while still holding a generous fruit character. While delicious young, this wine has excellent aging potential.
This wine reflects a blend of two vineyards from the gravelly soils of State Highway 50. These remarkable soils have been laid bare by the constantly shifting Ngaruroro River over millions of years. The river’s last shift in 1867 left these deep gravel soils which are free draining and radiate heat, allowing a long ripening period and concentrated flavours.
After picking in early April, the fruit had a 5 day cold soak before natural fermentation kicked in. After an average of 25 days on skins, the wine was pressed to neutral French Oak barrels. The wine aged in oak barriques for 21 months before bottling in late March 2023.