Malbec, also known as Cote Noir or Pressac in France, is originally from this Old World wine country, however travel to South America, specifically Argentina and we find that this grape grows incredibly well due to its climate and soil.
Happy World Malbec Day
So, where better to start on World Malbec day than Argentina! And specifically, this gorgeous Malbec by Altos Las Hormigas. This wine is from Mendoza, the heart of Argentina’s wine country which is famed for Malbec specifically. They are based in the only officially recognised appellation within Mendoza and one of the region’s premium vine growing areas.
For this vintage, 2014, the year started with severe frost (where they lost 30% of their crop), then dry winds, heatwaves and then late summer rains (nearly two years’ worth) before harvest, so that gives you a really interesting understanding of the climate and what the vine and the grapes went through.
For Malbec generally, it is very fruity with a kick of spice and for same can be said for this wine. Expect red fruit notes, delicious cranberries and wild strawberries with a layer of spice and herbs.
This 2014 vintage wine received a great 95 points from Robertparker.com
Purchase this wine here.