THE MYSTERIOUS MR BLACK - THE MARANANGIAN MALBEC 2020
Passionate and perfumed, strawberries, honey and flirtatious red fruits dance to the depths of the palate. A beautiful and intriguing line of acidity waltzes with delicate soft tannins mesmerizing the mouth and hypnotizing the hand into lifting the glass again and again.
Un-fined, unfiltered, unadulterated.
A small parcel of Malbec from the 'Casino Strip' Roennfeldt Road was fermented with yeasts indigenous to the winery and vineyard. Resting on skins for a fortnight after a week of fermentation allowed the wine to soften and encouraged the roundness of textural perception. The wine was then pressed to two barrique barrels where a natural malolactic fermentation occurred. This secondary fermentation removed any remaining sharp edges to the acidity. Racked off heavy lees and returned to barrel the wine had 9 months introspection before bottling and release.
ORIGIN Maranangian, Barossa Valley, South Australia
MAKER The Mysterious Mr Black
Stephen Black, ‘The Mysterious Mr. Black’, with the help of his Conspirators, built this little winery in 1998. It was his idea to produce small batches of high quality wine. The fruit was to be sourced from his long time associates and dyslexic fiends; a macabre menagerie of farmers, philosophers, pharmacists, witchdoctors and warblers.
‘The Conspirators’ are all second and or third generation grape growers. They did and still do, grow grapes for some of the Barossa Valley’s and Australia’s most inspirational wines.
At the time many growers were disgruntled and ‘copping the rough end of the stick’ from the quickly growing Godzilla-like wine companies. So with spit in palm and firm grips, around a fire, drinking red labels, The Mysterious Mr. Black & Conspirators made their deals and decided to start a mutually agreeable winery. The deals that were decided upon on this fateful night are still unknown, some have speculated, but the truth is that we will never know how many lambs, rabbits, cows or children have been traded and eaten in return for grapes and wine. We do have it on good authority that no goats were injured in any part of the winemaking process.