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Page 21: Malbec

Originating in South West France, Malbec is among the grape varieties allowed in the iconic blends of Bordeaux. Unfortunately Malbec’s poor resistance to weather and pests meant that it struggled to earn the same reputation as those other Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

That all changed though, when it found a new home in Mendoza, Argentina. Since a nostalgic French botanist planted it there in 1868, it has thrived and Argentina has become the world’s leading producer of Malbec, with about 75 per cent of the world’s acres under vine, producing juicy red wines with delicious spice and velvety textures. Of course, Argentina isn’t having it all its own way.

There is some quality Malbec being produced right here in Australia, not least these two delicious drops from Ferngrove in Western Australia’s Frankland River region. The winery’s unique terroir, combining rugged ancient soils and the cool influence of the Indian and Great Southern Oceans, creates the ideal conditions for growing Malbec. Medium to full bodied, these two wines will give their Argentinian counterparts – and other big bold Aussie reds – a run for their money.

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Ferngrove Limited Release Malbec 2014

Ferngrove Limited Release Malbec 2014

Malbec is commonly used in Bordeaux blends alongside Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and is known for its inky dark colour and robust tannins. The Ferngrove Malbec 2014 exhibits the same attributes along with seductive aromas and flavours of blackberry and dark plums which are juxtaposed with hints of spice and fennel.

Item Code: ITM1176

Member price $17.99 per bottle
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