Site Wine Rose is 100 % Malbec from a single site in Benalla, Victoria. The grapes are handpicked and natural fermentation helps to maintain the purity of the grapes. As a result, you get a charming wine. Light, floral, delicate, dry, refreshing. It is simple but lovely drinking and well worth cracking a can! Did I say can? Yes I did. While you can drink from the can, it is much better to take the time to pour it into the glass. For many reasons, but mostly because you’ll miss the visual and aromatic nuances. And also because you’ll get drunk if you slam it down like a can of beer. Pair Site Wine Rose with a charcuterie board.
Site Wine is the work of Sam and Dunc at Hop Nation. Before they were brewers, the were winemakers. And from what I’ve tasted, they are pretty darn good at making wine too. They have a few special sites (the name makes sense now!) they source grapes from. They make the wines in a natural, hands-off way and let the site speak through the grapes.
Native to South-West France, Malbec is a minor player in Bordeaux and the major grape in the underappreciated Cahors. It has long been the star of Argentina. It makes wines that are intense, tannic, dark-fruited with nice acidity. Perfect match for a country that consumes a lot of meat.