Tuesday, 15 April 2014

From the Tasting Room : Malbrontes

All of us are big fans of Malbec and Torrontés separately so the two of them together was a prospect we couldn't refuse.

Red and white blends are not uncommon in this world. The French started it with Côte-Rôtie blends of Shiraz/Syrah and Viognier and most rosé Champagne (and pretty much any champagne that isn't Blanc de Blancs or Blanc de Noirs) is a blend of red and white grapes. The reason for talking about the blending of red and white grapes together is to show that it's not some New World "flash in the plan" idea; it is a time-honoured, highly traditional style of winemaking. So, step up Malbrontes from famed winemaker Maurico Lorca.

Not content with sticking to the same formula, Mauricio blended together Argentina's two signature grapes to try something new. In the Syrah/Shiraz blends with Viognier, the robustness of the red is tamed by the white; Viognier adds a more aromatic level to the red fruits and spice of the Shiraz. The Malbrontes takes a similar approach with a blend of 95% Malbec and 5% Torrontés. While 5% doesn't sound like much, you can be surprised by the level of difference it makes.

Malbrontes 2011

Malbec definitely dominates on the nose with a real sense of rich dark fruits supported by note of childhood-favourite Parma Violets.

The savoury elements of the Malbec initially overtook those of the Torrontés; there was a general meatiness alongside the damsons, prunes and blackcurrants. The Torrontés made itself known on the palate as the flavours were definitely softer than they would normally be. There was also an additional aromatic, almost floral, quality sneaking through that brought with it some extra white peppery spice.

An incredibly drinkable red. Malbec isn't a variety that most people could sit down with and enjoy on its own as it's quite a heavy wine. However, that little dash of Torrontés picks it up and lightens the wine beautifully. It certainly has enough fruit and spice to stand up to a number of dishes but this really would work perfectly well on its own.

Wine details:
Malbrontes 2011
Mendoza, Argentina
14% abv
£8.99 per bottle*

Alex, David and the latest addition to the team, Adam
Averys Wine Bloggers

* The Malbrontes 2011 is currently on special during April for £49.94 per six bottles. Click here to find out more.

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