What kind of wine is malbec?
Malbec is a weighty, plush, berry-driven wine, while medium acidity and tannin give it nice balance. It is famous for its deep purple colour, and its perfection as a pairing with red meat.
Is malbec dry or sweet?
But the terms ‘dry’ and ‘sweet’ can be confusing – wine, after all, is just an adult form of fruit juice. When many amateur wine drinkers refer to the sweetness of a wine, they’ll often mean the fruitiness, which is measured on a flavour scale that ranges from ‘earthy’ to ‘fruity’. On this scale, malbec is one of the fruitiest reds available, with heavy notes of berry and plum dominating the palate. If you do indeed want a wine reminiscent of fruit juice, malbec is a fantastic choice.
What wine is malbec similar to?
And on the other side of the equation, many people see shiraz as the logical next step for a faithful malbec drinker, such are the similarities. In many ways shiraz is malbec’s older sibling – similar flavours in a more tannic, acidic and complex setting.
Where does the best malbec come from?
Argentina: Now considered the home of malbec, Argentina has made the grape its own. Choose a 100% varietal from the high altitude soils of the Mendoza region, and get ready to fall in love (and make room in your cellar for more.)
France: While Bordeaux might be its birthplace, there malbec is still treated as a blend wine only. The real engine room of French malbec is the Cahors region, where it’s been used for centuries as a standalone wine.
Australia: The fussiness of the malbec vine has seen Australian vintners develop a love/hate relationship with it, but many great examples of Australian malbec can be found in the Langhorne Creek and Clare Valley regions.