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More to Malbec: Case of 12 bottles

Our first selection is an exploration of Malbec in different terroirs. The quest to understand the sub-regions has been underway for several years now and we’ve been struck by the different expressions that Malbec can achieve in different areas.

Based in Lujan de Cujo, you will see the style of the region in Bodegas Renacer. Not as high as some others, meaning the wines are a little more plush with good fruit intensity. We include their Repasso, using some dried grapes to add richness.

Familia Barberis are based just outside the city of Mendoza and source their fruit from a number of vineyards around the area. Their style is dark and spicy and offers a different slant on Malbec.

Mauricio Lorca has his vineyards in the Uco Valley, higher and cooler than most in Mendoza. This imbues the wines with real freshness and shows how elegant Malbec can be. Worth particular mention is the Opalo which is totally unoaked, the purity shines through here and speaks of the quality of the terroir.

Finally, the Carnavalito Malbec comes from Salta much further north. Here it is even hotter, but significantly higher in altitude, giving an extreme view of that magical Argentinean formula. Rich and powerful but still very much in balance.

Our ‘Alternative Sauvignon Blancs’ mixed case is designed to showcase a selection of wines from outside the well-known areas of Marlborough and Loire valley.

You’ll find cool crisp examples: Marea is a standout made in the cool coastal region of Leyda in Chile, it really does have a salty tang of the sea. Similarly the South African examples have a great freshness, the Constantia Uitsig is one of the most refined Sauvignons we have tasted in years. You’ll also find some elegance from the cool Dolomites in the North of Italy in the Castel Firmian.

The more exuberant fruity styles are to be found – perhaps surprisingly – in Rioja. The Nube charmed us with its tropical and peach aromas. The Haut Poitou is not your typical Loire example: the nose offers hints of passion fruit and mango while the palate retains the balance and finesse of a good Sancerre.

We hope this will make for a fun exploration and perhaps you may discover a new favourite.

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Malbec, Familia Barberis, Bodegas Barberis × 2

This wine has a reddish purple colour with aromas of ripe red fruits with spicy notes, vanilla and chocolate.
On the palate it is balanced and long lasting.

Lorca Lorca Malbec × 2

Intense dark colour, smooth and elegant. Aromas of ripe blackberries with floral, spicy notes, soft tannins and juicy, plum and cherry flavours, finishing with a touch of black pepper with a subtle touch of oak.

Malbec Opalo, Mauricio Lorca × 2

A fabulously characterful Malbec, unoaked, showing sweet dark red fruit, violets and spicy aromas of pepper, mint and flowers. Very good structure and depth, smooth yet elegance and a great long finish.

Malbec, Carnavalito × 2

Deep colour, ripe juicy fruit, full of flavours of plums and cherry, with spice come through in this wine. This is probably the most malbec-y malbec you will try.

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Malbec, 'Punto Final', Renacer × 2

Deep violet colours with red hues. Strong floral tones of violet and rose combined with red fruits such as blackcurrant and raspberry. Subtle notes of vanilla from the passing contact with oak. On the palate, the wine is smooth and silky with round tannins and a long persistent finish.

RePasso Malbec, Renacer × 2

The Ripasso technique, renowned in Italy made using Amarone grapes,  uses partially dried grapes in the winemaking process which intensifies the flavours, enriching the fruit creating full-bodied, medium-toned, wines with rich blackberry, plum, floral notes.

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Our wine buyer, Graeme Broom, was lucky enough to visit Argentina last year and has selected a host of new exciting wines to add to our list. Despite being relatively newly appreciated on the world scene, they have of course been making wine in Argentina for a long time. Nowadays everyone is as familiar with Mendoza Malbec as they are with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Malbec, Familia Barberis, Bodegas Barberis

Country

Argentina

Region

Mendoza

Grape

Malbec

Style

light vanilla, red fruit, chocolate, light spice, long finish, Ripe Fruit

ABV

13.5%

Lorca Lorca Malbec

Country

Argentina

Region

Uco Valley

Grape

Malbec

Style

black pepper, blackberry, Dark Berry, Floral, plummy, Soft Tannins, Spicy

ABV

13%

Malbec Opalo, Mauricio Lorca

Country

Argentina

Region

Uco Valley

Grape

Malbec

Style

elegant, mint, Smooth, violet, Dark Berry, Floral, long finish, Peppery, Spicy, Structured Tannins, unoaked

ABV

14.5%

Vintage

2015

Malbec, Carnavalito

Country

Argentina

Region

Calchaquí Valley

Grape

Malbec

Style

Dark Berry, plummy, Rich, Spicy, unoaked

ABV

14.1%

Malbec, 'Punto Final', Renacer

Country

Argentina

Region

Mendoza

Grape

Malbec

Style

blackcurrant, Raspberry, red fruit, Rose, rounded tannins, silky, slight oak, Smooth, violet, long finish

ABV

13.5%

RePasso Malbec, Renacer

Country

Argentina

Region

Mendoza

Grape

Malbec

Style

black fruit, blackberry, Floral, plummy

ABV

14%

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