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Malbec World Day 2013

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Argentinian MalbecWednesday 17th April, is Malbec World Day. An initiative from the wine promotion body Wines of Argentina, it aims to showcase their flagship red grape variety simultaneously across the globe. Malbec was once widely grown in Bordeaux, but it has excelled in the drier climate of Argentina. It's a variety that can be prone to rot in damper climates, and also can develop 'green' characteristics if not properly ripened. Argentina has proved the perfect growing environment for this variety, and the winemakers understand how to get the very best out of their fruit. To celebrate this day, we've put together a mixed 12-bottle case of Argentinian Malbecs (£99, saving over £18 a case) showing that, although all are excellent wines, they can be very different. Be quick though, as this case offer only lasts until Sunday 21st April 2013, or while stocks last. The case contains: 2 bottles of 2010 Tapiz Malbec Rosé, Mendoza £10.99 Malbec can make a delicious rosé, too! This is a gorgeous summer fruit-scented wine, with flavours of red currants and strawberries on the palate. With a nice, round body, it's perfect for summer picnics. 4 bottles of 2011 Valle Escondido Malbec, Mendoza £6.99 A juicy mouthful of black fruits and blackcurrants with herbal hints of eucalyptus and rosemary. This has a fresh bite of acidity at the finish, so it's perfect to pair with barbecues or grilled meats. 4 bottles of 2011 The Adnams Selection Malbec, El Dominio, Mendoza £8.99 Savoury notes of leather and spice mix with damson and black fruit aromas. A black cherry-skin bite also means that this is a good wine to pair with food - try a traditional Shepherd's Pie or a meaty stew. 2 bottles of 2007 Gouguenheim Valle Escondido, Blue Melosa, Colleción Flores del Valle, Mendoza, Argentina £15.99 This is a real step up in quality, and showcases the potential of Malbec. Mature on the nose, with lots of blackcurrant fruit interwoven with notes of vanilla and spice. Fine in structure, it's an excellent example of top quality Malbec. What do you think of Malbec? We'd love to read your comments.

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