Argentine Red Wines

Malbec. Lots of Malbec…offering gorgeous brambly fruit, whether fresh and unoaked or dense and given barrel-ageing in new barrels.

Malbec’s original home is in south-west France, and specifically in the appellation of Cahors. There (known as Cot) it makes a strongly flavoured wine which is, all too often, tannic, rustic and needs several years ageing to show its best. Introduced to Argentina in the last third of the 19th century, Malbec, like Carmenère in Chile, delivers much better wine when transplanted than in its homeland.

Malbec gives a forward, perfumed wine with delicious brambly fruit, and with real stuffing, character and ageing potential too. It blends well too: the addition of a little Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, lends more structure for keeping; and Syrah can give spice and blackcurrant notes. The great advantage Argentina has over new world rivals like Chile and South Africa is a high proportion of old vine plantings.

The second most important red grape in the country is Bonarda. We now know that Bonarda is genetically the same as an obscure Savoie variety called Douce Noire (and no relation at all to Bonarda Piemontese). Just as with Malbec, this grape has proved far more successful in Argentina than in its much cooler home. From old vines in can make a bittersweet, black-fruited, rather Italianate wine.

Argentina is a hot and dry country. As a result altitude is very important in preserving finesse in their wines: most vineyards around Mendoza, the premier wine region, for example are at 800-1300 metres. New volume plantings - of both Malbec and Syrah / Shiraz - on lower sites often do not give great results.

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Vicien, Malbec, Catamarca, 2018

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Vicien, Malbec, Catamarca, 2018

From vineyards over 5,000 feet up on the shoulders of the Andes, a Malbec from organically...

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OriginArgentina

RegionCatamarca

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVIB118

GrapeMalbec

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Carinae, Malbec, Odile, Mendoza, 2019

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Carinae, Malbec, Odile, Mendoza, 2019

This may be Carinae's first wine, but it's no entry level product. Named after owner...

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OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE119

GrapeMalbec

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Carinae, Cuvée Philippe, Mendoza, 2017

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Carinae, Cuvée Philippe, Mendoza, 2017

A sumptuous, lightly oaked blend of thirds of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Each grape...

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OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE917

GrapeMalbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah

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Carinae, Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, 2017

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Carinae, Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, 2017

Deep and inky. Intense aromas of black cherries with coffee and toast nuances.  vanilla. With...

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OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE217

GrapeMalbec

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Vicien, Plenilunio Malbec, 2016

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Vicien, Plenilunio Malbec, 2016

Deep and opaque. Quite a toasty, oaky aroma; then lushly fruited, raspberry and blueberry -...

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OriginArgentina

RegionCatamarca

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVIB616

GrapeMalbec

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Carinae, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2014

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Carinae, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2014

Amazing old-vine Malbec from 95 year old vines in a high altitude vineyard at Calle Cobos,...

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OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE414

GrapeMalbec

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Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2014

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Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2014

About 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, a selection of the best grapes of the...

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OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE514

GrapeMalbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah

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Finca Vista Malbec, Mendoza, 2019

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Finca Vista Malbec, Mendoza, 2019

Mendoza Malbec at a very fair price; uncomplicated and fruity with sweet oak notes. Now-2022

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OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFIN119

GrapeMalbec

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