Malbec

Ever-popular malbec was again well-represented at this year’s Alberta Beverage Awards. While indigenous to south-western France, it is the grape’s adopted home of Argentina that now produces most of the bottlings we see. While the entries overwhelmingly exhibited the classic deep hues and intense flavour we have come to associate with Malbec it was exciting to see more and more of our wines backing that up with additional nuance and complexity. The best in class hails from Lujan du Cuyo in Mendoza. Rich and toasty with plum, blackberry and fig flavours and a few years of bottle age to integrate and soften the tannins, this is sure to delight lovers of this variety. A great option to enjoy with that steak calling out for a grill, just like they do in Argentina! Margaux Burgess

BEST IN CLASS

Mi Terruño 2014 Mayacaba Malbec
Luján de Cuyo, Argentina
$47-52 CSPC 787755

 

 

 

 

 

TOP VALUE

Bodega Renacer 2017 Punto Final Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
$14-16 CSPC 727233

 

 

 

 

 

JUDGES SELECTION

Kaiken 2015 Ultra Malbec “Las Rocas”
Mendoza, Argentina
$21-24 CSPC 723333 (2017) (2016) (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

Clos de Chacras 2015 Cavas de Crianza Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
$20-23 CSPC 781479

 

 

 

 

 

Famiglia Bianchi 2014 Reserva Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
$24-27 CSPC 721279

 

 

 

 

 

Tinto Negro 2015 Limestone Block Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
$21-24 CSPC 767923

 

 

 

 

 

Catena 2015 Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
$19-22 CSPC 478727

 

 

 

 

 

Uko 2017 Select Vineyard Reserva Malbec
Valle de Uco, Argentina
$25-28 CSPC TBD

 

 

 

 

 

Trivento 2016 Golden Reserve Malbec
Luján de Cuyo, Argentina
$23-27 CSPC 778835 (2017)

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