Australia produces some very good malbec, as evidenced by the fact that an Aussie wine won the malbec class at last year’s Six Nations Wine Challenge, beating some very fancy opponents from Argentina. The champion was Bleasdale’s Double Take 2012 (tasting). Indeed, Bleasdale is the undisputed malbec master of Australia, and in my latest tasting of 120 ‘alternative’ red varietals, which included a dozen malbecs, six of them from Bleasdale (tastings) and all 2012 vintage wines. The Bleasdale offering is led by the top-priced $80 Double Take, a luscious, succulent monster, and includes Generations ($35 – tasting), Second Innings ($22 – tasting) and – new this year – three single-vineyard malbecs. Two are from Langhorne Creek (The Riparian – tasting & The Mulliana – tasting) and one from Clare (tasting). All are very good.
But another wine from Langhorne Creek arguably trumps these for value-for-money: the Bremerton 2013 (tasting), a $24 bottle of malbec which impressed the socks off me. There were also smart wines from Evans & Tate in Margaret River (tasting), and Steve Wiblin’s Erin Eyes 2013 (tasting) from Clare.
The prize for best cheapie malbec undoubtedly goes to Aldi supermarkets’ own-brand Argentinean malbec: Bodega Piedra Negra Reserve Malbec 2012 ($8.99 – tasting), from the great malbec region Mendoza. It’s a bit raw and simple but certainly jam-packed with fruit.
I had planned to finish this item by mentioning World Malbec Day, but it’s already passed – last Friday the 17th April. The confusion was caused by an alternative World Malbec Day event in Sydney, scheduled for April 29. See below!
Malbec World Day celebration
What: An Argentine canapé degustation of regional specialities matched with six top Argentinean wines, live tango performances, music and great prizes, including a stay in Mendoza, the famous wine region.
Where: Zeta Bar, Hilton Hotel, Level 4, 488 George St, Sydney.
When: Wednesday April 29, 6-9pm.
|Tickets: $95 – http://malbecworlddayaustralia.eventbrite.com.au|