Renacer ‘Punto Final’ Malbec Clasico 2008, Mendoza (£8.49 Liberty Wine)
Ripe, floral and tender, hint of parma violet, rounded voluptuous berry fruit, with a touch of ‘skin’ – damson skin, blackcurrant skin, that sort of thing. Tasty now but has a backbone of tannin, so good for a couple of years yet. S-
Renacer ‘Punto Final’ Malbec Reserva 2006, Mendoza (£14.99 Liberty Wine)
Showing some maturity, but while it’s lush and ripe, there’s still an edge of freshness to the plummy berry flavours, along with touches of meaty, leathery maturity and hints of smoke and herbs. S
Riglos Gran Malbec 2007, Mendoza (~£25)
Bold, international style, very ripe fruit and lots of new oak, very concentrated and powerful, but while there’s an earthy minerally edge and bags of berry flesh, for me it’s just too big, with none of the freshness and charm I want in a wine (I watched this evolve over four days, and while it did calm down a little, it remained in what I call the TTH category – Trying Too Hard). S-?
More from Renacer and Riglos tomorrow…