Aravina Estate 2017 ‘A’ Collection Cabernet Merlot Malbec

A palate of power and purity with dense plums, dusty tannins and fleshy acid shows this wine will be vibrant and youthful for years to come.

The 2017 vintage is the classic ‘Bordeaux’ blend showcasing subtle French oak allowing the richness & depth to shine through. Our first harvest from the Estate of Malbec (5%). Enjoy now or drink confidently for the next 15 years.


The 2017 growing season was a stressful one as a grapegrower. Persistent strong winds in October affected flower development and meant we saw some reduced yields in early flowering varieties such as Malbec and Merlot. The benefit of this was that with lower yields we amassed amazing fruit concentration and weight allowing us to produce red of both power and refinement. All 3 components were fermented in open top vessels, plunged 3 times daily and allowed to sit on skins post the completion of primary ferment for 1 week. The individual wines were then pressed to older French oak, with only the Cabernet seeing any new French oak to take the overall oak influence to 18% new. After 12 months elevage in barrel the blend was put together with the addition of Malbec giving the wine immense weight and volume and the merlot helping keep the wine tight and balanced. Both the Cabernet and Malbec components were the first harvest from our new plantings undertaken in 2013.

Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar for up to 15 years

Appearance: Deep plum red with bright garnet hues

Nose: Lifted and highly aromatic. Bright currants, plum skin and a
subtle spice lift.

Palate: A plush and generous palate with fine tannin and a fresh acid
profile, flavors of cherry and chocolate resonate.

Technical Data

  • Varietal : Cabernet and Merlot,

  • Brand name : Aravina Estate 2017 'A' Collection Cabernet Merlot Malbec,

  • Liquor style : Red wine,

  • Size : 750ml,

  • Current vintage : 2017,

  • Standard drinks : 7.7,

  • Country : Australia,

  • Alcohol volume : 14.7%,

  • Region : Margaret River wineries,

  • State : Western Australia,

  • Varieties : Cabernet and Merlot,

  • Oak : Following malolactic fermentation, the wines were allowed to mature for 18 to 20 months in new and seasoned French oak barriques. Individual batches were assessed and blended before the wine was lightly fined, filtered and bottled. ,

  • TA : 6.40,

  • pH : 3.39,

  • Alcohol : 14.7 %,

Buy it Now

Ray Jordan

Wine Guide 2016

Smooth, so smooth. Perfectly weighted and integrated cabernet merlot exhibiting the best qualities of these two wonderful Margaret River bedfellows. Leafy black olive and understated blackcurrant with some nice savoury oak touches. The palate is so beautiful woven together providing a lush launching pad to a long, pleasing finish. SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 8 years

James Halliday

Australian Wine Companion 2015

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