Frankland River Museum Release Cabernet Malbec 2012

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About the Wine:

This magnificent Frankland River Museum Release Cabernet Malbec 2012 is a fine-tuned blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (63%), Malbec (20%), Cabernet Franc (3.5%) and Petit Verdot (3.5%). The different parcels of fruit from some of the winery’s oldest vines, were fermented separately in small open fermenters. After maturation for 20 months in French Oak, it was blended to create the most complete wine, which reflects both the vineyard and the vintage.


About the Producer

The producer of this fantastic Frankland River Museum Release Cabernet Malbec 2012 is in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. They are one of WA’s largest wine producers. It is the wineries love and commitment to the Great Southern, as well as the unique combination of gravelly loam soils, warm sunny days and cool nights during the ripening season that produce grapes of intense varietal character and a sense of place. The winery is rated a perfect 5 Red Stars by James Halliday in his 2022 Wine Companion.


Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:

Wow!!! I could not believe our luck when we were offered a vary small parcel of this outstanding Frankland River Museum Release Cabernet Malbec 2013 from one of our long-term suppliers. This wine is top of the range and it is superb! The wine is complex and earthy. Up front fruit flavours of small forest berries and a well-integrated oak component. This is a flagship Cabernet Malbec from Frankland River which is sold by the winery for $72.00 per bottle. It is released to you our customers under our Museum Release label for a fraction of the cost at $26.00 per bottle. All the cellaring has been done for you.

This is our second and final release, so get in quick before we run out of stock.


Steve Wine Buyer Score 97/100 WACC Trophy.

James Halliday Score 93/100 in 2020.


What is Cabernet Malbec:

Cabernet Malbec is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grape varieties. Everyone knows Cabernet Sauvignon but not many people are that familiar with Malbec. The two varieties blended together create an awesome wine.

Malbec was a relatively forgotten red wine variety in Australia until about a decade ago, but thanks to Argentina there is now a great deal of interest in the variety. The variety is certainly less common in Australia than it was a couple of decades ago, but there is some evidence that it may be making a comeback. Until the 1980s Malbec was used as blending material with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or both. The role of blending partner with Cabernet has been supplanted by Merlot. There has always been a few varietal Malbec’s around but the variety was fading away until the past decade when a few enthusiasts have been giving the variety more attention.


Product Notes

Alcohol Content:
WA Cleanskin Cellars Trophy
Brilliant deep crimson with garnet hues.
Intense aromas of cassis, blackberry and spice with underlying nuances of dried herbs and cedar.
Complex flavours of cassis layered with earthy forest floor notes with a vibrant line of acidity that carries the dusty, fine grained burnt tannin structure to an even, balanced finish.
Oak Treatment:
French Oak followed by a maturation in barrel for 20 months.
Frankland River
Cellaring Potential:
Drinking well now - Good for cellaring until 2029. Stelvin Cap Closure


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