Malbec grapes originated in France and play a big role in the wine production of Argentina. The flavours and aromas of wines made from Malbec grapes include blackberry, cherry, plums, and chocolate. Other characteristics of Malbec wines include inky-black colouring, soft or high tannins, and high acidity.
Malbec wines aren’t as popular as wines made from other red grape varieties, but their popularity is growing as wine drinkers seek out new and different wine experiences.
Malbec continues to be used in the creation of Bordeaux blends in France because it provides both strong colour and strong tannins but as a varietal in Argentina it produces much softer tannins and stronger fruit flavours. For a time Argentinean wine growers replaced most of their old Malbec vines with vines of more “marketable” grapes, but now that the rest of the world has discovered how good Malbec varietal wines can be, Argentina is back in the Malbec wine production business.
Tonight’s tasting of 8 or 9 wines will try to show the different types that you can get ranging from France to Argentina.
Wines currently chosen so far are::
Ben Marco 2013, Argentina
Montes Reserve 2014 Chile
L’instant Truffier 2014 France
Santa Ana 2016 Argentina
La La Land 2015 Australia