April 17th 2018 is the day which celebrates this grape. It produces robust and powerful wines with highly complex profiles in the bouquet, on the palate and in the finish. Peter Morrell recommends two fine examples
Caliterra Tributo Malbec 2015 – Chile
Tributo means homage, and therefore, with Tributo, Viña Caliterra honours the quality of its land, its people, and all of the details that come together in perfect harmony to create an exceptional wine.
Peter Morrell comments “Made with 100% Malbec grapes this wine is deep red with a highly aromatic bouquet which shows strong red fruit aromas, violets, tobacco and spices. The red fruit theme continues on the palate and the soft tannins give it a lot of smoothness. The finish has lively acidity with long lasting fruit and spice notes.
“I have met the Rodrigo Zamorano, the dynamic Chief Winemaker at Caliterra and he spoke with passion about making innovative new styles of wine like this Malbec in a sustainable environment.
“Drink with casseroles and cuts of roast lamb.”
Available from The Fisherman’s Retreat, Halifax Wine Company, Field & Fawcett, The Whalley Wine Company, Ellies Cellar, North & South Wines and Cheers Wine Merchant with an RRP of £13.30
Te Awa Left Field Malbec 2014 – New Zealand
Peter Morrell says “This Malbec is grown in Hawkes Bay on the Gimblett Gravels, an area left dry when the River Ngaruroro changed course in the 1860s. The terrain is ideal for growing grapes, rich in minerals and free draining. This wine has a lots of dark fruit and liquorice on the nose. In the mouth it has deep blackcurrant and chocolate with hints of vanilla. The well structured tannins make it bone dry and leaves a very persistent and satisfying finish.
“Drink this wine with rare roast beef and game”
Available from http://www.nzhouseofwine.co.uk, Fenwick Newcastle, Noble Grape Wines and Auriol Wines with an RRP of £17.45