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Argentina: Award-winning wines to celebrate Malbec World Day

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Malbec World Day with these top Argentinean wines from the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards

This 17 April marks the 10th anniversary of Malbec World Day, a global initiative created by Wines of Argentina to celebrate the success of Argentina's wine industry.

Argentina is the main producing country of Malbec with more than 44,000 hectares planted across the country. Mendoza, Argentina’s most famous wine region, has become synonymous with Malbec and leads local production with 37,754 hectares cultivated (85% of the total vineyards).

Last year Malbec World Day saw more than 100 events across 86 cities in 50 countries. For the 10th anniversary, in light of the current global pandemic, Wines of Argentina have organised a digital campaign with multiple activities to celebrate in Argentina’s main export countries. To learn more about Malbec World Day visit the official website: www.malbecworldday.com

See below for DWWA 2019 award-winning Malbec wines to celebrate Malbec World Day.

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DWWA 2019: Top award-winning Argentinean Malbec

At the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, Argentinean Malbec performed exceptionally well with one wine – La Luz Del Vino, Iluminado Vinos de la Luz Single Vineyard Malbec, Altamira, San Carlos, Mendoza, Argentina 2015 – winning the competition’s top accolade of ‘Best in Show’. Only 50 (0.3%) out of more than 16,500 wines tasted received this esteemed medal.

DWWA 2019 Best in Show, 97 points

Tasting notes: This year’s Argentinian representative in our Best in Show collection is an energetic, perfumed and vital Malbec which almost seems to combine European-style freshness while retaining all of its Andean generosity and solar brightness. A dark, saturated black-red in colour, you’ll find refined, intricate aromas of forest flowers, blueberries and blackberries with sweet tobacco leaf.  The wine is intensely perfumed on the palate, too; remarkably so given that it is already over three years old.  Its sumptuous plum, damson and sloe fruits are bright and fresh, while lively acidity and generous though chiselled tannins make for an exceptionally well-proportioned red that will age with ease.  Drink 2019-2030.

Gold, 96 points
Cassis, bramble and plum nose. Very polished palate with juicy red fruits, finely-grained, ripe tannins, crisp acidity and also great concentration. Very long finish.

Bodegas Fabre, Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2016

Gold, 95 points
Floral and elegant with well-integrated oaky aromas, food-friendly firm tannins and notes of chocolate and sweet spices on the long finish and aftertaste.

Durigutti, Proyectoas Compuertas 5 Suelos Malbec, Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina 2018

Gold, 95 points
Expressive blue fruit nose loaded with violets and perfume and flavours of texturally-pleasing tart black and blue fruits. Very little oak lets the beauty of the fruit shine through. A brilliant wine!

Sottano, Reserva de Familia Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2017

Gold, 95 points
This is classic stuff with dusty oak, very ripe dark fruits and chocolate coming together with firm, plump and assertive tannins to present a deep and rounded wine that could cause one to swoon. (Please note that this wine is also marketed as “Sottano, Selección del Enólogo Malbec 2017”).

Trapiche, Terroir Series, Finca Ambrosía Single Vineyard Malbec, Gualtallary, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina 2015

Gold, 95 points
Rich black fruit, cocoa and spice nose. Oak is present on the palate but it’s well integrated. Tannins needs a bit more time but with food this wine will shine. Long and persistent finish.

Zuccardi, Poligonos San Pablo Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2017

Gold, 95 points
With its black fruits, sweet spice, savoury and juicy tannins, vivid acidity and long finish, this distinguished wine ticks many boxes.

Bodega Norton, Lote Negro Malbec-Cabernet Franc, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina 2017

Gold, 95 points
Delightful violet, earth, tobacco, balsamic and herbal perfume. Intense in the mouth with firm tannins, integrated oak and smoky, cherry and blueberry flavours. The finish is juicy and long. A beautiful drink!

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