A growing favourite amongst red wine drinkers, hailing from beautiful Argentina.
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What you need to know
Although originally French, Malbec has become the signature grape of Argentina and a lot of the recent popularity is because of their development of the grape.
It is inky dark and velvety with a plum and blackcurrant signature flavour.
In Cahors (South West France) where Malbec reigns supreme, the wines produced are so dark they are known as the black wines, and have incredibly high tannins.
In Argentina, and the countries now planting Malbec to create similar wines, the tannins are softer and richer, making the wine much more appealing.
It is a very versatile wine, the classic food match is an Argentinean steak (what else) but you can also try it with spicy Mexican, robust sausages or even on its own.
Top Tip – Look for wines from the Uco valley, high in the hills in Mendoza (the principal growing area in Argentina), they are the best of the best!
This is a bang for your buck wine, it's not the biggest, teeth stickingiest Malbec but it is a great value version of Argentine Malbec. It's softer and fruitier than some but with enough oomph to make it worth having in your winerack. Great with midweek sausages! Look out for the name Zuccardi, they make the Santa Julia range as well as some more premium wines and they are all fabulous.