Malbec is a grape variety that has been long cultivated in the southwest of France. It enjoyed increasing awareness since the reign of the Roman Empire. In 1853, Argentina’s Minister of Foreign Affairs made a bold decision appointing soil experts to bring over new vines. They chose among others to import Malbec. This transformed the wine industry of Argentina, as Malbec flourished across the country creating wines of utmost quality.
What differentiates Malbec from other varietals? It has plump and inky dark fruit flavours with robust tannins that give a smoky finish. And for many, it offers a great alternative to the higher priced options such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. Malbec is grown around the world and is progressively celebrated as an Argentinian grape for its major success. But we cannot take for granted its origins that makes it just as influential in France.
Between the many Malbec wineries in Argentina, lies the Trivento Bodegas Y Viñedos. Produced in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, Trivento was established in 1996, just off the city of Mendoza. It is a premium range of exclusive varietals that blends Argentine viticulture tradition in a contemporary fashion. Their grapes grow in a dry desert climate, where days are sunny and nights are chilly as they rest upon alluvial chalk-rich soils. During the summer the Mendoza terroir experiences prolonged sun exposure that allows for the best possible ripening.
Among their range, we recommend Trivento Reserve - Malbec. With bright and intense red-violet colours, Trivento Reserve is well-balanced and leaves you with a lingering velvety finish. Its berry fruit aromas of plum, strawberry, cherry and raspberry are melded exquisitely with vanilla, coffee and chocolate notes from the oak. A graceful palate and good body displaying sweet tannins.
Through the vines in Southwest France you can find Château Pineraie's estate stretching over nearly 50 hectares of land. Here, healthy, well ripened grapes are harvested to ensure quality is maintained during high temperature maceration and long fermentation. Château Pineraie – Malbec Merlot has intense berry fruit flavours with plum, blackberry and a lot of spice. Balanced by gentle tannins, its flavours of vanilla, soft oak and violets add a refreshing complexity. It is a smooth and sumptuous wine which pairs perfectly with sizzling steaks of grilled lamb cutlets. Feeling hungry? Head on down to your nearest Wine Connection restaurant and grab a glass of Malbec!
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