Cateña High Mountain Vines Malbec 2015, Mendoza, AUD $30
Doña Paula Los Cardos Malbec 2012, Mendoza, AUD $19.99-$21
Finca Flichman Paisaje de Tupungato Cabernet Malbec Merlot, Mendoza 2008 $48 A big, powerful, quite tannic red blend from one of Argentina’s top producers. There are minty, floral and squashed raspberry aromas giving it a lifted bouquet. A hint of walnut, too. The palate is
Bodegas Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Gran Reserva Malbec, Mendoza 2010 $38 This is a crackerjack malbec at a very reasonable price considering the quality. Impressively deep colour and a powerful bouquet featuring smoky charred oak and black fruits. Full-bodied and powerful, with concentration and extract.
This Thursday is World Malbec Day, a day nominated by Argentina’s winemakers, but surely a day to celebrate the wine, wherever the grapes were grown. It’s worth reflecting on Argentinian malbec, which is one of the great winemaking phenomena of our time – along with Marlborough sauvignon blanc and Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. All three are wines which have turned the wine world on its head.
Terrazes de los Andes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 2010 $30 From one of Argentina’s outstanding wineries, this has a deep, dark colour and earthy, herbal and red-fruit aromas, full-bodied and attacking on the palate with strong tannins which coat the mouth. It demands food and/or