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2015 Berry Bros. & Rudd Argentinian Malbec by Pulenta Estate

2015 Berry Bros. & Rudd Argentinian Malbec by Pulenta Estate

Red | Drink now | Code:  37485 | 2015 | Argentina > Mendoza | Malbec | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol


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Williams - The Malbec grape variety is linked to barbecues in many people's minds, if only when we think of Argentinian cusine we tend to think of slabs of beef on smoking grills. The stylistic palate may not be quite a broad as Syrah to Shiraz but there are some differences in approach, with some wines playing up the violet, cherry and red plum pretiness, and others going for a chunkier, deeper, more oak-influenced chocolately style. Berry Bros. & Rudd's exuberant but polished own-label from the excellent Pulenta Estate is a fine example of the former.
David Williams - Wines of the week - The Observer - 21-Aug-2016 

Moore - Such a lovely generous wine, seriously juicy, all blueberries, damsons, brambles and violets with a big sweep of perfume that wraps you up as cosily as a cashmere scarf. I used this malbec in the Telegraph’s new World of Wine video series – and it went down handsomely with the crew.
Victoria Moore - The Daily Telegraph, Nov 2016

The Grape



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.

The Region



With its western borderline dominated by the Andes and its 146,000 hectares of vineyards representing 70% of the country’s wine production, Mendoza is Argentina’s biggest and most important wine-growing province.

Mendoza’s vineyards are a haven to Old World varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Bonarda, Sangiovese, Barbera, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. The province’s signature grape is Malbec

Mendoza still produces large amounts of inexpensive wine for domestic consumption, as well as grape concentrate, but the sub-region of Luján de Cuyo stands out with some lovely velvety Malbecs, while the cool, gravelly Maipú is best for Cabernet Sauvignon

The most exciting area in Mendoza for fine whites, however, is the Uco Valley, that has the highest vineyards, up to 1,200 metres above sea level. Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Chenin, Pinot Grigio and Torrontés fare particularly well in its cool climate. Its sub-region of Tupungato produces Argentina’s best Chardonnay.

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