Argentina’s Best Malbec Wines
Argentina’s Best Malbec Wines – Malbec grape is popularly used for making red wine. It is a purple grape variety with an inky dark color. It is also one of the six grapes that are used to blend the French Bordeaux Wine as it originated from that region. Malbec is a thinned skinned grape that thrives more in sun and heat. With the exception of Cahors, its popularity declined in France when frost killed about 75% of the crops in 1956.
In mid 19th century, as the vineyards of Malbec gradually decreased in France, Argentina promised a new homeland for Malbec. The governor of Argentina instructed A French agronomist Miguel Pouget to bring along with him grapevine cuttings, among these include the Malbec vine. But Malbec wines’ popularity would only take surge in the 20th century as the Argentinian government discovered the possibility of improving economy through premium wine export. With Argentina’s sun-drenched climate, Malbec grapes flourished parallel to its wine industry. Today, Argentina is the leading country that makes the best Malbec wines. They have officially acknowledged Malbec as their national grape!
Wine Region of Argentina
Malbec was found to thrive better in the highlands of Mendoza, regions of Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley- districts that are cradled in the foothills of Andes Mountains, west of Buenos Aires, about 2000-5000 feet above sea level, strategically shielded from Pacific storms. A highly notable vintner Nicolas Catena Zapata was the first to experiment on the effects of high altitudes to grape vines. He planted the first elevated Malbec vineyard at 5,000 feet in Gulatallary. His plantation produce the best Malbec wines made from the Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino, noted as the best Argentine Malbec.
At present, Mendoza Region is the seat of 900 wineries, equivalent to 85% of Argentina’s Malbec wine industry.
Taste and Food combination
Argentine Malbecs differ from that in texture and taste from French Malbecs. It has a velvety and plush texture, without the robust tannins of its French origin. It has deep color and intense fruity flavor, with violet aromas. French Malbecs are more rustic with ripe blackberry-like taste and prominent tannins. While in more tropical countries like Chile and Australia, the warm climate reduces the acidity of the wine thus also reduces its natural flavors. Wine critics describe their produce as flabby and weak.
An all time favorite add on to red meat is a glass of Malbec Wine. Consider tomato based and chili Mexican and Indian Food as also great pair to the best Malbec wines. Argentina’s Best Malbec Wines