Fresh Malbec Mojo from New Zealand

By: Beverage Media Team

Small but mighty, the Gimblett Gravels area–a swath within Hawke’s Bay, with about 1,500 acres of grapes–is making noise as the un-Marlborough, New Zealand, working magic beyond Sauvignon Blanc. Think Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, even Chardonnay…and now Malbec. At Decibel Wines, winemaker Daniel Brennan, formerly in the restaurant and music trades, is shipping not one but two our way. The Decibel 2017 Gimblett Gravels Malbec (SRP $25) opens with light florals then shifts to a dark fruit palate with lengthening acidity and pleasantly drying tannins reflective of the Gimblett Gravels terroir. It Nouveau-style sibling, the 2019 “Giunta” ($16) is appropriately light, fresh, and fruity.

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