Malbec is a black-skinned grape variety native to south-western France (specifically the area around Cahors), but now better known as the iconic wine grape of Argentina. Through its success in the vineyards of Mendoza, in a few short decades Malbec has shot from relative obscurity to international fame, simultaneously bringing new-found attention and respect to Argentina as a wine-producing nation.
Malbec typically ripens midway through the growing season and produces small, intensely colored grapes. As it is so sensitive to its growing environment, the level of ripeness has a considerable effect on the structure of the eventual wine. Broadly speaking, French Malbec tends to be more meaty, rustic and tannic, while examples from Argentina seem to be uniformly rich, ripe, jammy and juicy. On both sides of the Atlantic, Malbec wines are generally aged in oak to enhance the wine’s structure and aging potential.
Andean Reserve Malbec
1 x 75cl
his noble wine expresses the maturity of the vineyards in each of its characteristics. Andean Vineyards is a premium wine brand representing the synthesis of Argentinean viticulture – diverse varietals from site selected, high altitude vineyards from the best sub regions for each varietal. These wines, grown in the foothills of the Andes, represent the dream to produce wine in harmony with the earth.
Kaiken Classico, Mendoza Malbec
1 x 75cl Bottles
The grapes come from vineyards in the Agrelo zone, 60 km from the city of Mendoza and at an altitude of 950 metres above sea level. These vineyards feature soils composed of silt, clay and sand with a presence of stones at a depth of two metres derived from erosion from the Andes Mountains. The region’s climate is warmer than that of the Uco Valley, which allows Kaiken to obtain grapes with more fresh fruit aromas and flavours as well as very ripe, soft tannins.
Piedra Negra Malbec
1 x 75cl Bottles
Chief Winemaker Juan Pablo Murgia, said: “this is a project very close to my heart and I have a lot of faith in the potential of quality organic wines from Argentina.” Earlier this year, the company extended its range with the launch of a ‘pioneering’ organic single vineyard Malbec.
Catena Malbec - 93 Points James Suckling, 91 Points The Wine Advocate, 91 Points Tim Atkin
RRP: €20 per bottle
1 x 75cl bottles
According to Jancis Robinson, Nicolás Catena Zapata is the man credited with putting Argentine Malbec on the global wine map. Founded in 1902, Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme high altitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza. The Catena wines are a special blend of vineyards at the higher altitude. The wine is made by fourth generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. This wine is made from fruit sourced from four different vineyards. The grapes are divided into lots that are harvested at different times. All the vineyards are found at high altitudes:
Southern France, with its multifarious regions, indigenous grapes, cultures and traditions is home to some of the most exciting, characterful wines in the world at present. Mont Rocher is a collection of wines produced from indigenous varieties, produced in a style that lets them clearly express their varietal typicity and sense of place. Deep in colour with ripe plum, blackberries and cherries on the nose. This is rich and rounded wine with perfectly balanced tannins. The long finish is smooth and succulent. International Wine Challenge 2015 Bronze Medal
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