2012 Berrys' Argentinian Malbec, Pulenta, Mendoza

2012 Berrys' Argentinian Malbec, Pulenta, Mendoza

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2012 Berrys' Argentinian Malbec, Pulenta, Mendoza

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Sourced from the magnificent Agrelo Vineyards in the heart of Mendoza and with the snow-capped Andes as a most scenic backdrop, this Malbec is especially made for us by the prestigious Pulenta Estate. Eduardo Pulenta has fashioned a gloriously fruity wine, with a rich savoury backdrop, fine ripe tannins and a food-friendly profile dominated by damson, blackberry and sloe flavours. This is an outstanding example of Argentina's signature grape variety, a worthy match for the barbecue and indeed any meal which involves the finest cuts of red meat.
Simon Field, Wine Buyer .....................................................................................

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Malbec

Malbec

Known as Auxerrois in Cahors, Cot in the Loire and Malbeck in Argentina, this grape has undergone a mini renaissance in the last decade, largely fuelled by its success in South America. It used to be a staple component of the Bordeaux Blend, but it never recovered fully from the 1956 frosts and its plantings there have fallen by 75% as growers have replaced it with more fashionable, and crucially, more durable grapes.

It is still grown successfully in South West France where its most famous wine is Cahors. This wine used to be black as coal and tough as leather but improvements in viticultural and vinification techniques have led to riper, softer, more approachable wines that are now amongst the best of the region.

In Argentina it is widely grown and produces deep coloured wines with generous black fruit characteristics, balanced acidity and smooth tannins. It is either bottled on its own or as part of a Bordeaux blend. In Chile  it is the 3rd most widely planted grape after Pais and Cabernet Sauvignon and tends to produce firmer, more tannic wines than its Argentinian neighbours. In Chile it is often blended with Merlot and Petit Verdot.

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