Category Archives: Argentine Malbec

May 05 2015

Great Value Argentinian Malbec: Vintage Cellars Double Bay Masterclass

Posted on May 05, 2015 | By merrill@cellarit.com

At least 40 percent of British people would likely rate Malbec as their favourite wine

Writing for The Guardian in London, wine critic Fiona Beckett recently said that she reckoned if you asked a random selection of people what their favourite red wine was, at least 40 percent would say Argentinian malbec! “These days”, she wrote, “it seems to have ousted even rioja in our affections. And you can see why. It shares rioja’s appealing fullness and smoothness, but it’s a bit brighter and fruitier, though not as jammy, as say, an Australian or California red.” (Wine: move over Spanish rioja – Argentinian malbec is the new red kid in town by Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 15 November 2014)

I’m guessing Argentinian malbec isn’t nearly as popular in Australia. And it’s not because our tastes differ widely to the British. Because of distance and our relatively small population, we don’t see nearly as many imports on our our shelves, especially from New World wine regions like Argentina.

Great value and high quality Argentine Malbec is now more widely available in Australia

But if the quality of wines on offer at a recent Vintage Cellar’s tasting is any guide, some very good and great value Argentinian malbecs at different price points can now be found in Australia.

One of my favourite wines of the night was the big yet elegant Achaval-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza 2011 (rrp $54.99). Made from mainly old-vine malbec from single vineyards in three different regions of Mendoza, the wine had a delightfully floral nose with mineral accents. The fruit was ripe but not too sweet and, while the palate was medium-bodied and the tannins quite polished, the wine had enough structure and complexity to age for quite a bit longer.

Achaval-Ferrer has a well deserved reputation for producing some of Argentina’s best malbecs. The 2009 vintage of the flagship Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Finca Altamira, for example, is one of only two Argentinian malbecs to score 99 points from the Wine Advocate[Read More]

Aug 08 2014

A Few Interesting Facts about Malbec

Posted on August 08, 2014 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Malbec is a wonderful wine to enjoy with a winter meal

In the Cahors region of southwest France, where Malbec is the main grape variety, the most famous regional dish is cassoulet – a hearty haricot bean based stew that typically includes confit of duck, sausages and other meats. The beef loving Argentinians, who have made the malbec grape their own, believe the wine is perfect complement to char-grilled steaks or ribs.

Malbec has become synonymous with the Mendoza region of Argentina

Argentina has the oldest malbec vines in the world

Just like the original shiraz vines that were planted in South Australia in the mid to late 1800s,.. [Read More]

Dec 12 2010

Argentine Malbec: The World’s Best Value Red Wine?!

Posted on December 12, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

The Wine Spectator recently released its Top 100 Wines for the year. Argentina was well represented with five wines (Australia had six), and all of the Argentine wines were malbecs, mainly from the Mendoza region at the foothills of the Andes in Argentina.

According to the Wine Spectator’s wine critic Matt Kramer: “There is no greater value in red wine anywhere in the world today than Argentine malbec.” (Augustus Weed, 2010 New World Wine Experience: Miraculous Malbec, The Wine Spectator, 1 November 2010). .. [Read More]