Yorkville Cellars 2016 Sweet Malbec
Very unique! A refreshing, slightly sweet summer red wine that we like as an aperitif or with lighter desserts. Wine writer and sommelier, Chris Sawyer, suggested that his perfect match would be cheesecake with a raspberry coulis. Notice the sparkle in the wine and a little spritz on the tongue. Sweet, yet very refreshing in the way fresh squeezed juice is. Serve chilled.
Never heard of a Sweet Malbec? Neither had we. We love the taste of the juice from the freshly pressed Malbec grapes and thought we could make a delicious wine which would retain that fresh-squeezed juice flavor. So we selected fruit from the knoll in our Rennie Vineyard where the grapes hung in large bunches with plump berries. We then stopped the fermentation at 10.0% alcohol (our regular Malbec varietal table wine is 13.5%) while leaving 7.8% residual sugar, nowhere near the 18% to 25% sugar level that late harvest desert wines typically have.