Battle of the Malbecs Case



The debate rages…

New World Malbec from of course Argentina who have made Malbec their own. But then some say Old World – and it must come from Cahors and South West France.
We believe there is some great Malbec out there. And as a consequence, we have put together this great mixed case.

So you decide…

2 Bottles of each:

Les Volets, France
This French red wine is sourced from the lesser-known territory of Pays Cathare that surrounds the towns of Carcassonne and Limoux. The wines vibrant ruby hues gleam out of the glass. The first notes on the nose are of crushed blueberries which then develop on to reveal an intriguing bitter-sweet character of crème de cassis with a touch of underlying parma violets.

Fine red-fruits fill the mouth with flavours of cranberries and a touch of cocoa nib on the finish.

Nieto Senetiner, Argentina
Nieto Senetiner has grown to become one of the leading stars of Mendoza. Although the vineyards and winery were founded by Italian immigrants and date back to 1888, they were acquired by the Nieto and Senetiner families in 1969.

Since joining the estate, winemaker Santiago Mayorga has taken this amazing Malbec red wine to another level. It’s no surprise he was named ‘Young Winemaker of the Year 2017’ by Tim Atkin.

This is a deep dense blockbuster wine made from 40+ year old vines. On the nose it’s blackberry, plum fruit and sweet spice. The palate is silky and warming with more black fruit and cherries.

Overall this Argentinian red wine wine is vibrant with an alluring blend of fruit along with clove, pepper and cinnamon spice finished off with well-structured integrated tannins. A great wine with a fresh finish.

1 Bottle of each:

Mangras Negras, Argentina
Alejandro Sejanovich is arguably Argentina’s most knowledgeable viticulturist, working as vineyard director for Bodega Catena Zapata for 16 years, he pioneered high altitude vineyard planting and conducted ground breaking research on Mendoza Malbec clones.

Manos Negras Malbec from the Uco Valley is deep blackish in colour and dark fruit flavours while the cool mountain nights produce violet aromas and a soft, supple texture.

K-Nom, Clos Troteligotte, Emanuel Rybinski, Cahors, France
This is a modern styled Cahors Malbec with concentrated blackcurrant, menthol nuances and intriguing undertones of crystallised pineapple. Supple with soft, fine tannins, the aromas of fresh black fruits persist on the palate. Full bodied, but approachable with a textured finish.

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Weight 0.6 g


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