When you hear about a Malbec wine, where do you think it is from? Probably Argentina, but maybe from it’s native home, in France. In either case, you would be wrong. A bottle of Flat Roof Manor Malbec 2010 was sent to me to taste and review. It comes from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa.
I checked into the history of Malbec in South Africa and found out that it has been around the region since the 1920s, so it does have a fair history. From my past experience tasting many South African wines through the South World Wine Society, I was expecting an “Old World Style New World Wine“. A wine with it’s feet in both the history of Europe and the youth of the Americas and Southern hemisphere. And I was right. South African wines tend to go very well with food as they have good tannic structure and are not over the top with fruit flavour and aroma.
About Flat Roof Manor
The Flat Roof Manor wines are made by Estelle Lourens on the Uitkyk Wine Estate (pronounced “eat cake” wine estate) in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The Georgian Manor House, part of the inspiration for these wines, is set with a view of Table Mountain.l It is also one of just 3 two-storied Neoclassical houses in this style left in the Cape. The cat on the label is linked to a legend where a cat remained on the flat topped roof long after the original owners left, to enjoy it’s life for many years. The cat represents a “laid back, unpretentious, confident, and playful” spirit.
Tasting Flat Roof Manor Malbec
The first thing I noticed on the label is that this wine has 14% alcohol, so I expected it to be quite hot, but was not. It was perfectly balanced with the fruit and tannins. It was a medium ruby colour in the glass. You could see legs on the glass after a swirl, so you know the alcohol level is there. It has a medium intensity, youthful aroma (and should keep it thanks to being under screwcap). I picked up on black fruit, red cherries, plums, red currant fruits as well as black currant leaf, cloves and some smokiness. Quite a range of aromas. It is dry on the palate with medium plus tannins and medium body. As mentioned the alcohol level meshed very well with the wine, so you did not feel any hotness in your mouth from it. It also had a range of flavours, including red and black fruit, plum, cassis, black currant leaf and a light amount of oak. Medium plus length, with white pepper, vanilla and sour cherry on the finish. A pretty decent wine, with some tannic structure to give it body, and a variety of fruit aromas and flavours to make it enjoyable on the palate.
This wine is available in BC, Alberta, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia for between $12.99-$13.99. A great price for an over achieving wine. Enjoy!