What is Malbec?
We have all heard the name Malbec from time to time. And with the most recent release of our Reserve red Rock 2014, we thought it wise to have a deeper look at this grape named Malbec - which is part of our Bordeaux blend.
In short, it’s a full-bodied red wine that (these days) grows mostly in Argentina. But, this grape is known for its dark fruit flavours. The main flavours in a glass of Malbec are blackberry, plum, and black cherry. The nuanced flavors offer milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and violet flowers.
But, Malbec originates from France and quickly became popular as a blending grape together with Bordeaux’s top 5 wine grapes. However, because of the grapes’ poor resistance to weather and pests, it never surfaced as a top variety in France. Today it is a very popular variety in Argentina after it was planted there in 1868 by order of the mayor.
This wine doesn't have a long finish and therefore is great with lean red meats or ostrich. But it pairs beautifully with funky flavours like blue cheese, cumin, and wild mushrooms.
Malbec’s Blind Tasting Tip
Look for a magenta-tinged rim: Malbec wine is a deep purple-red that is nearly opaque, but Malbec wines will often have a bright magenta rim.