Rob Hall Harriet’s Vineyard Malbec 2018 Yarra Valley


I can quite safely assume that this is a wine that will develop a cult following. So far I have sold 3 bottles. Two to head winemakers and one to a nice fellow who owns a local winery. All three have given it praise. Must be good!!! When we tried our bottle it was obvious that Rob has used reductive winemaking techniques which is a good thing but it meant that it needed air and smelled a bit funky. The funkiness completely disappeared after decanting (recommended) to reveal a plethora of purpleness. Violets, plums, mulberries, blueberries, blackcurrants but not jammy in any way, which in my opinion can be a downside of this variety. The palate had a refreshing lift, was well weighted and the intense flavour lasted for a long time. Worthy of a wine twice its price. So three thumbs up from us Rob! Or should Harriet get the kudos? Decant and drink now with Peking Duck or age for up to 15 years and show it off. BC

Rob Hall has released a single vineyard Malbec from Harriet’s Vineyard which sits at the foot of Mt. Toolebewong, south of Healesville in Yarra Valley, around 180m above sea level.  Harriet’s Vineyard is named after Rob’s mum who originally owned and worked this land with his father. The vineyard is known for producing top quality wines with amazing flavour concentration – from 8 acres of vines planted in 1996 (4 each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir). Libby Bentley

“For 10 vintages I made a small batch of Malbec, which would ultimately be blended into a somewhat famous wine. Of the five Bordeaux varieties it often seemed a waste to blend the Malbec away. It was always great drinking, effortlessly balanced, with great flavour. At the first opportunity I grafted some Malbec onto Chardonnay vines. The grafts take a couple of years to mature, and so in 2018 I have my first Malbec in barrel. In contrast to a lot of modern Malbec it won’t be an overripe monster, nor will it be heavily oaked. It does have fantastic concentration, and unique flavour. It was basket pressed, and matured in a 1yo puncheon (500L).” Rob Hall

$45 or sorry folks there’s just not enough to go around, 3 for $130