by Andrew Chalk
ED. NOTE: MONDAY APRIL 17th IS WORLD MALBEC DAY!
We have high expectations of Argentine Malbec nowadays. The result of the country building a world-class reputation as a wine producer largely on the back of this variety. They have, in fact, redefined the public’s expectations of the taste of malbec, leading examples from its home in Cahors, France to leave drinkers befuddled or disappointed.
Key markers on this wine: Trivento is an old-line respected producer, Mendoza is the main Argentine grape-growing region (70% of the national total). Malbec is an alternative to cabernet sauvignon or merlot so consider this wine for steak or other red-meat dishes. The price is a true bargain (I thought it was a mistake when I first saw it).
Classic ruby-red hue. Opaque at the core. Medium-intensity nose of perfumy raspberry fruit and oak barrels. Fruit and French oak balance nicely in the mouth, the latter contributing a sense of breeding to the wine. Tannins are soft and velvety. Very much in a modern style, Drink now.
MORE GENERAL NOTES
Look for more high-quality Argentine wines coming in at ‘typo’ prices for the foreseeable future. The underlying cause is the continued weakness of the Argentine peso relative to the dollar.