Thirty grapes in thirty days: Malbec

grand cru vineyard, L´Hermitage, Rhône-Alpes, France

If I was to ask where would you say that Malbec originated from.

Argentina?

It is actually France, yes although the Malbec is now famously grown in the Mendoza region of Argentina it’s roots are indeed french. So much so that Malbec is one of the only six grapes in the world which is allowed in a Bordeaux blend. Surprised yet?

The warm climate of the Mendoza, Argentina proved to be a winner for the grape after being snubbed in Bordeaux in favour of other varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon due to their durability and versatility.

Malbec however has flourished over in the New World. As well as it’s formidable success in Argentina it is known classed as the third most widely planted grape in Chile. A Chilean Malbec has a higher tannin content that Argentinian Malbecs so it is usually blended with other grapes like Merlot and Petit Verdot to make a smoother, easy drinking wine.

Regardless, our favourite region has to be Mendoza. The wines are deep garnet in colour filled with purity and richness. The tannins are intense and beautifully structured with notable hints of tobacco, chocolate and vanilla. Malbec’s are a must for meat lovers. This grape pair ridiculously well will with a big juicy rib-eye steak. Or for something a little more elegant try pink lamb or duck breast.

 

by Rebekah Hilton

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