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The Bull and The Bear for Malbec World Day

twhbullandbear2004300dpi_1You might not expect an Australian winery to traffic in Malbec, a grape more famously planted in a different southern hemisphere country whose name begins with the letter “A.”

So for Malbec World Day, coming up on Wednesday, we asked Two Hands’ Michael Twelftree how Malbec recently came to become part of the winery’s repertoire, blended with Cabernet Sauvginon in the Bull and Bear beginning with the 2010 vintage.

“I love Clare Valley Malbec and it took several years to find a source as it quite rare,” Michael explained. “I love the Cabernet/Malbec blend of a very famous Clare producer called Wendouree, and wanted to mold a wine in that style. We found at Malbec vineyard that was planted to Wendouree cuttings, so the fit was perfect.”

And what does the Malbec offer in this blend?

“I have always loved blended wines with a smaller percentage of Malbac blended in,” Michael said. “I was looking for a softer, more elegant mouth feel with slight more lifted berry notes to help soften and round out the Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon component.”

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