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Premium Argentinian Malbec: Panel tasting results

Excellent results across the span of Argentina’s prime wine-growing territories, plus some lesser-known areas, saw 60% of these premium Malbecs rated 90-points or more, offering ‘great drinkability’ in many styles.

Amanda Barnes, Madeleine Stenwreth MW and Dirceu Vianna Junior MW tasted 136 wines with 8 Outstanding and 74 Highly recommended.

Premium Argentinian Malbec: Panel tasting scores

136 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 8

Highly recommended 74

Recommended 44

Commended 2

Fair 8

Poor 0

Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their current-release wines labelled as single-varietal Malbec, in which Malbec represents at least 85% of the blend, with a minimum retail price of £15 or US$18

You would be surprised at how exciting it can be to taste nearly 140 Malbecs back-to-back. Far from any monotony, there was a compelling diversity of wine styles, regions and expressions in this panel tasting. Proving that premium Malbec remains at the forefront of the evolving face of Argentine wine, the tasting highlighted not only an ever-greater focus on terroir – particularly in the sub-regions of Mendoza’s Uco Valley – but also a quest for freshness and elegance.

‘The best examples displayed excellent varietal definition and a real sense of place,’ commented Dirceu Vianna Junior MW. ‘It is wonderful to see great premium Malbec emerging from all corners of the country, with especially high quality coming out of Mendoza’s Uco Valley and more specifically [Paraje] Altamira.’

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from the Premium Argentinian Malbec panel tasting

Premium Argentinian Malbec panel tasting scores

Wines were tasted blind

The judges

Amanda Barnes is a writer and presenter specialising in South American travel and wine. A DWWA judge, she is author of the awardwinning South America Wine Guide (£35 www.southamericawineguide.com)

Madeleine Stenwreth MW is an international wine consultant based in Sweden. Prior to setting up her consultancy in 2010, she was quality & product development manager for a leading wine importer in the Nordic market, having also been wine buyer for South Africa and South America at Swedish alcohol monopoly Systembolaget

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is a wine writer, consultant and educator. Based in the UK since 1989, he was a director at some of the UK’s top distributors. After becoming a Master of Wine in 2008, he co-authored the awarded book Conheça Vinhos (‘Understanding Wine’, in Portuguese)

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