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Should I be drinking more Malbec?

It was an evening of Malbec at our wine club this past weekend. As a single varietal it is a wine that I don’t drink that often, but after Saturday’s line up I think it’s worth looking at more often. Malbec tends to be a part of a blended one, as opposed to being bottled on its own.

MalbecFirst wine was from South African winery Doolhof. Interesting that quite a few of us, relatively novice wine tasters, picked it as being South African… This Wellington winery has developed a reputation for their Malbec recently, as one of the relatively few single varietal examples from the Cape. It also picked up a Gold at the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards. The 2009 Signatures of Doolhof Malbec had a broad appeal. Lots of sweeter fruit and a bit of caramel on the nose, but backed up with good structure and a bit of freshness in the middle. A commercial style, but seemingly made from good fruit and with care. I’d happily drink it with a meal.

2009 Signatures of Doolhof Malbec is available from SA Wines Online for £14.99

The second was a more premium style Malbec from Argentinian producer Deumayen Wines. The 2007 Trez Reserva is the wine released by this producer, a collaboration between  three friends. According their website, the vineyards for this wine are situated in the Alto Agrelo, 1,100 meters above sea level.

It had that intense inky colour characteristic of Malbec and was much more savoury than the Doolhof. Cherry and aniseed were two of the words I scrawled on my piece of paper. This is a powerful wine, living up to the aromas that it showed upfront. It opened up nicely in the glass and I went back for a few more tastes after we had finished.

Robert Parker evidently gave this wine 92 points to boot!

2007 Deumayen Trez Reserva Malbec is available from Good Wine Online at £21.60

If you are looking to try a few examples of this varietal I see that Majestic Wines are still running a promo on Malbec. There look to be some interesting wines at very tidy prices…

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