After a tour to Argentina in 1991, Hugo tasted his first Malbec and instantly fell in love with this cultivar.
He enjoyed the beautiful fruity character, but …. something was still missing. There was too much wood present and too many other varieties involved.
But this was the beginning of the love affair for the Malbec King of South Africa and from that moment he new he wants to perfect the recipe!
The first clone was planted by the Basson family in 1997 (MC1). The next year was followed by MC 71 and in 2011 the latest clone, MC 629 was planted by them and they became the first in South Africa to plant this clone. Up to date the vineyards of Annex Kloof hosts all five Malbec clones available.
Hugo realised that each clone contributes a different feature to his Malbec …
– MC 1 – Colour and Structure
– MC 71 – Fruity character of dark berries and Raspberries
– MC 37 & MC 429 – Adds spiciness, fine tannins and fynbos character
– MC 629 – …. Yet to be found out in 2014 …
According to Hugo, Annexkloof will always produce a 100% Malbec and on this wine farm
you will never find it in a blend.
“.I feel that Malbec is always the extra wheel on the wagon and it is only used to round off a
blend …. And by doing this – the real beauty with its natural fruit character is killed!”
What makes Annex Kloof Malbec different?
The whole wine making process is very hands-on task and grapes are handled with the utmost care. Grapes are picked by hand in small baskets.
“ I do not pick my grapes at a certain balling, but I taste each Malbec block personally and then decide whether it is ready for harvest or not.”
All the grapes are naturally fermented in open fermentation tanks.
Hugo prefers not to add to much oak due to the lovely natural fruitiness of the Malbec. It is therefore aged in 2nd and 3rd fill French Oak for up to 2 years ……… But the King still owns the real recipe of success and does not want to let the cat out of the bag ….
Overall Annex Kloof Malbec has received numerous Awards nationally and internationally and is rated as the number one Malbec in South Africa
If you like something with elegance, lots of fruitiness and intense dark colour then this Swartland wine will rock your world!