Over the last few weeks an increasing number of people have been asking in a hushed way about ‘Malbec’ and wines from Argentina like it is something to be shameful or embarrassing to be asking about. Well it’s not. Malbecs are great red wines that can be found in nearly all wine producing countries.Malbec itself originally comes from Bordeaux in France and can still be found there, But it’s Argentina that produces some of the worlds best Malbecs.

Malbec has characteristics that fall somewhere between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Argentinian Malbec can have an inky red or violet colour, a particular plum-like flavor, Delicious spicy and peppery notes and a velvety texture. Most of Argentina’s great Malbecs come from the Mendoza region in the west of the country, which is in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The Andes are important part of the viticulture in Mendoza with producer s such as Catena producing excellent wines at high altitudes.

The grapes selected for the Catena Malbec come from vines between 2,850 feet above sea level and 5,000 feet above sea level, this high altitude gives the Catena Malbec it’s dark concentrated fruit aromas, and it’s lovely rich and lush mouth feel. Catena is among Argentina’s leading Malbec producers and the Catena Malbec is a fine example of this. This wine makes a fantastic partner with steak.

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Argento is also another great producer of Malbec, again from Mendoza but this time the vines don’t go as high up the Andes. The Argento Reserva Malbec has a deep dark violet colour and aromas of plums and black cherries. Eight months of oak aging gives a rich fruit flavour, that will complement any roast beef dinner, or any barbecue for that matter.

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