April 17th 2012 is the second World Malbec Day – or Malbec World Day, as the website has it. To celebrate this, some bright sparks thought it would be a good idea to ship some Malbec grapes from the 2011 vintage over to the UK to see how a English […]

World Malbec Day – with an English accent…

  Bodega Cecchin Malbec ‘Non-added Sulfites’ 2008, Mendoza (£9.75 Caves de Pyrene) Quite pale in colour, and while there’s plenty of juicy cherry, strawberry and dark fruit flavour, there’s also a dainty, refreshing gluggability. Does have some of the clay-slip-like edge I find in many unsulphured wine, but no lack […]

Wine Tasting Video: More Argentine Malbec – some 08s & ...

Some wines tasted in the search for some lighter, more subtle styles of Argentine Malbec for a piece for Square Meal‘s annual guide. These are all 2010s – will post some notes on some 2009s and 2008s soon Santa Julia Malbec 2010, Mendoza (£6.99 Waitrose) Simple and slightly volatile, there’s […]

Wine Tasting Video: Some Argentine Malbecs from 2010

Casillero del Diablo Merlot 2010, Rapel, Chile (£6-£8 widely available) Quite a flashy, fleshy style, with rich ripe blackcurrant and blackberry plus touches of vanilla, but there’s also a more restrained leafy, cedary edge to add some freshness. B+ Groote Post Merlot 2010, Darling, South Africa (£11-13 Francis Fine Wines, […]

Wine Tasting Video: Merlot & Malbec from the southern hemisphere