"Malbec is a strong black grape which produces wines showing robust yet velvety tannins, a plum to prune full-bodied flavour and dark, opaque colours. Malbec wines are intense, rich and powerful and it's one of the 6 grapes that are permitted in the blend of red Bordeaux wine, even though it's hardly used there now. Argentina has commandeered the grape, using pioneering techniques in the hot, dry growning conditions to coax intense, dark, concentrated fruit into stunningly powerful wines.
This is a beautiful, dark, deep and voluptuous wine made from grapes grown high in the Andes mountains. Mendoza and Argentina have made the Malbec grape their own and it seems that the grape here finds it's highest expression. The Catena family have been involved in wine-making in Mendoza for over 100 years, and the heritage shines through in the flavour. Dark fruits, blackberry, plum and spice combine with meaty flavours which make this the perfect companion for steak. There's a real concentration of flavours here which in a wine at this price is hard to beat. I'd recommend stocking up while the special offer is in force as it will see you through a whole summer of barbecues.
After drinking these, my husband declared Malbec's "the definition of Purple Teeth wines". Yes, be prepared for extra scrubbing when you come to perform your dental routine after a glass or two of Malbec. These dark wines aren't just dark in the glass.
And what did the Purple Teeth readership make of Malbec Day?. I was glad to hear of a few of you joining in with the fun.
Sarah went to her local Co-operative store to get a bottle to join in the tasting. I'd suggested trying the Fairtrade Organic Argentine Malbec. Here's what she said after finally finding it on the French shelf!
"The bottle is slightly wider than most at the top, which for me is great as it gives the illusion of more wine, I’m sure the 75cl bottles are smaller than they used to be aren’t you? Now I’ve never been much for matching food with wine - I drink what I like, so we had our £7.49 bottle with Thai salmon and noodles. The real cork released a slightly berryish scent upon opening with a hint of wood. In the glass it was a lovely colour... and the flavour was rich and oaky with a slight berry overtone. I’m a die hard Shiraz fan but would drink it again. With red meat."
All in all, it seems Malbec is a winner both at Purple Teeth HQ and with the readers. Do give it a try!
Next week's Wine of the Week is something completely different - sparkling Sauvignon Blanc by Brancott Estate (£8 at Asda and also available at around £12 in Waitrose so check your other local supermarkets if you don't have an Asda nearby).