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Magnificent Malbec

Magnificent Malbec

Due to its out of sync fruit ripening, Malbec subsequently lost popularity in Europe. The Malbec is a thin-skinned grape which needs more warmth from the sun in order to mature, than the fruit from either the Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot vines.

Malbec fruit ripens mid-season and can embody very deep colour, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavour component to add complexity to claret blends. Sometimes, especially in its traditional growing regions, it is not trellised and cultivated as are bush vines. (the goblet system). Here it is sometimes kept to a relatively low yield of about 6 tons per hectare. The wines are rich, dark and juicy, with flavours of black cherry, plum, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and cocoa, with milk chocolate, molasses, leather, tobacco and mocha on the nose.

The Malbec grape has recently seen a resurgence in poplularity, particularly in Argentina, where 75% of the world’s Malbec is planted. With its medium acidity and tannin, the grape produces a full bodied, pleasant wine, with plenty of aging potential. In France Malbec is commonly blended with Petit Verdot (another of my favourite wines) and Merlot.

On opening a bottle, the wine veritably bursts out of the bottle with a youthful zest and uncomplicated character like an ambitious student, much like a nouveau. With exposure to air the wine calms down, to become a fairly elegant, full-bodied, integrated wine for your enjoyment. I buy most of my wines at a well known Australian wholesaler, and you can confidently expect to pay under $10/bottle should you buy a standard case of 6.

Malbec pairs very well with lean meat such as ostrich and turkey, soft blue cheese and mushrooms.

Malbec is planted predominantly in Argentina, France and the USA (California, Oregon and Washington states), although Australia too is a significant producer. Come on, have some fun, try a Malbec – you won’t be sorry! – Cork Dork

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