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Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine that is typically medium to full-bodied with high acidity and high tannin and alcohol levels. Dark inky purple colour profiles and ripe flavours of plums, blackberry, leather, mulberry, red berries smoke and bramble black cherry, can give this wine a decidedly jammy character.

Malbec was originally a grape associated with south-west France including Bordeaux, but it became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 75% of the crop. Despite Cahors being subjected to the same frost, Malbec was replanted and continued to be popular in that area.

Malbec is grown in several Old World (France, Spain, Moldova) and New World countries (Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, USA).  Given the diversity of Malbec wine styles it is suggested that they are all tried so you can find your favourite one.

The terroir (climate, soil and location, together with influences of vine cultivation, altitude and wine production techniques) produces Malbecs that are diverse in character.

From the tannic, rustic-tasting black wines of Cahors to the softer, less tannic-driven wines from Argentina Malbec can be velvety textured, overtly dark-fruit flavoured and have spicy, vanilla notes conferred by oak aging.

Malbec is one of the few bold red wines out there that consistently pairs well with blue cheese and other pungent, soft cheeses (gorgonzola lovers, this means you!). That said, you will also be delighted with Monterey Jack, provolone and even melted Swiss cheese.

malbec grape

Malbec grapes



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This produces a fresh, fragrant and fruity Prosecco with gentle aromas of pear and apple. Pale lemon in appearance, on the palate it is off-dry with the hint of sweetness it retains,  with lively bubbles and an attractively crisp finish. Try with light canapes, antipasti, shellfish or soft mild cheeses. 
Three weeks maceration with regular pumping creates a wine deep in colour with aromas of ripe plum, blackberries and cherries. These flow on to the rich and rounded palate with perfectly balanced tannins and a smooth, succulent finish. Try with barbecue dishes and strong cheeses. 
Cherry red in appearance, Ocho Y Medio shows aromas of flower blossoms, boysenberry and lime. The palate is soft and fine with sweet tannins, fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Try with simple red meat dishes, light tomato or creamy pastas or mushroom risotto. 
A dark, deep purple in colour with a brooding bouquet of ripe plum, blackcurrant, violets and vanilla. The palate is rich, layered and textured, filling the mouth with immense power and weight, but retaining finesse with soft, integrated tannins. Black fruits come to the fore, with dark chocolate and subtle eucalyptus on the finish. Try with roast or braised red meats, flavourful pizzas, or cheese boards. 

Deep aromas of rich ripe blackberry and smoky leather with a sweet raspberry top note.  Bold, bright and inviting on the palate with juicy bramble fruit, damson, spicy characters and sweet, supple tannins. Try with steak or smoky, barbecued meats, peppercorn sauces. or even pair with dark chocolate.