Malbec in Mendoza

Malbec grapes, Argentina

There is a great diversity of wineries in Argentina’s Mendoza region worth exploring. Between the moon and the Andes, Andeluna Cellars has majestic views. Pasionado is a perfectly balanced, excellently structured alchemy of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its name truly reflects its essence. The closest vineyard to the mountains is Finca Decero, where as much as possible is done by hand, in a manner that is sustainable, environmentally conscious and socially responsible. Some of the unique characteristics of their Malbec are the violet aromas, cherry notes instead of cassis and purity of flavour without high alcohol. O. Fournier‘s Alfa Crux and Beta Crux blends are named for the night sky’s Southern Cross constellation. The Malbec-Tempranillo is a chewy, jammy marriage of sweet and rustic tannins. Lagarde‘s Guarda Blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah is very rich and begs to be paired with a juicy steak. The wines of Tapiz have floral and violet profiles that inspire food pairings but are light enough to be enjoyed on their own. Black Tears is robust, opulent and luscious! At Altos Las Hormigas, one would think it impossible to grow anything through the sand and stone, but they produce a very fruity, light and friendly Malbec. The Trivento Reserve Torrontés, a blend of heavy aromas from eastern Mendoza and fresh florals from the central zones, is fruity and balanced, with a long finish. The Golden Reserve Syrah has dark cherries, stone fruit and a sweet plum centre, while the Golden Reserve Malbec is tannic, with wood notes and complex ripe fruit.

Argentine soul, Venetian style – that’s the philosophy for Masi‘s Masi Tupungato, where the wine is a blend of one grape from Argentina and one from Italy. The Passo Doble, made up of Malbec and semidry Corvina, represents Masi’s appassimento style, in which grapes are naturally air-dried, causing loss of volume but concentration of composition. The winery at Bodego Catena Zapata is modelled after Tecal in Mexico. Premium wines are micro-blended between vineyards of different altitudes, where, at the highest points, the grapes are 5-10 times thicker. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are intensely fruit-concentrated and blend the minerality and citrus of the high altitudes with the tropical softness of the lower ones. The Pasqual Toso wine profiles are excellent, including the refreshing Malbec Rosé summer wine, and the Gold Medal winner, Magdalena Toso, with enchanting berries and intense currant flavours.

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