Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina…


Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina…

From the air, Mendoza appears as a stretch of green in a vast area of  brown scrubland. Most of Mendoza remains a desert, but parts of it were turned into an oasis 700 years ago by the diversion of mountain-fed rivers through irrigation canals. Now Mendoza is Argentina’s most important viticultural region, producing 70 percent of the country’s wine grapes.

Malbec’s home is Southwest France where it plays a minor role in Bordeaux, Bergerac and Cahors. However, Malbec seems to have found its true home in Argentina..where it shows some real class, either on its own or in blends with other grape varieties – most commonly Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines were probably brought to Argentina in the late 19th Century by immigrant workers from Southwest France, where it is known as Cot. Malbec is versatile, able to blend with other varieties and distinctive in style. It ripens well in the South American sunshine, producing rich, lush, damonsy wines.

Malbec is Argentina’s second most widely planted variety, with about 17 percent of the total vineyard area.


Finca Sophenia Reserve Malbec 2009, 14% alc., €16.99

Deep red and violet in colour with aromas of wild blueberry, blackberry, plums, cherries and violets. This Malbec has serioius concentration and complexity with well integrated tannins embellished by hints of dried fruits and minty nuances. This lengthy wine will drink well through to 2014.

Winner of Silver Medal at 2010 Argentine Wine Awards.

Perfect for grilled meats, steak or any hearty meat dishes..


This Week’s Snippet of Info…

What are Vielles Vignes?

Literally ‘old vines’. As a wine gets older it tends to produce fewer, but better quality grapes. However, it is no guarantee of a superior wine, as there is no legal definition of what constitutes old.

Available from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon

And good independent Off Licences