Malbec is a grape variety that hails from France, and is usually blended in Bordeaux wines. While the grape hails from France, the country that really makes this variety shine is Argentina.
In France, the weather and soil conditions are not ideal for Malbec, and tends to be very prone to disease, which is why the variety is used in many blends. Pop the grape in Argentina, and it thrives – the hot, high altitude climate is perfect for Malbec.
Malbec is quite similar to a Merlot, with its plum like flavours, but with a little more character and depth.
The wine that takes out number 12 in the wine advent calendar is the 2014 Catena Malbec.
Deep, and rich in burgandy colour (typical of a Malbec), the Catena has a very fragrant, earthy aroma. It’s smooth and silky, and has distinct oak and pepper notes.
Go on, treat yourself to a Malbec Monday. You deserve it!
Until next time winos