Mendoza may make up 75% of Argentina's Malbec output, but a new generation of producers are ensuring that its style is anything but predictable. Patricio Tapia picks 22 top Malbecs to try from Mendoza, Argentina.
Malbec is one of the key red wines of the moment. This red grape, originally from France in areas such as Cahors and Bordeaux, has found fame across the seas in Argentina, flourishing particularly well in the foothills of the Andes in the region of Mendoza, in Argentina’s Cuyo region. You can read more in depth about the Mendoza sub zones in Patricio Tapia’s piece from from Decanter Magazine here.
Here is his list of the top Malbecs pulled from a recent tasting.
Fermented and aged for a year in egg-shaped concrete tanks, this is a pure expression of Gualtallary, showcasing the chalky
Next to the Tunuyán River, and with vines planted almost 100 years ago, this is another brilliant version of Finca
As usual with Casarena, this is a refined, elegant interpretation of Agrelo’s Malbec. It has that sweet ripeness so classical
The first vintages of Nosotros were rich in ripeness – super-voluptuous wines of sweetness. Then came a radical style change,
A special clone of Malbec (with black buds, so the name ‘brote negro’), this offers all the density and mineral
Aged in cement tanks and old barrels for a year, this comes from vines planted on the chalky soils of
From vines panted in 1924, this delivers a pure and crystal-clear expression of Malbec in the heights of Vistalba. Filled
From vines planted over 1,000 metres above sea level, this is a sophisticated version of Malbec. Very old vines (some
This Malbec comes from an old vineyard in La Consulta, in the heart of Uco Valley. Violets, lavender and lots
Refined and precise in its expression of Agrelo fruit, this is ripe and mellow, with hints of vanilla and a
As usual, this is the denser, more voluptuous Malbec from the single-vineyard collection of Catena. It delivers ample, sweet fruits
Go beyond the oak and you’ll see how delicious and pure the fruit is in this single-vineyard wine from Doña
All seems in balance here. It is juicy and firm, with solid, tight tannins but filled with ripe flavours of
Behind a curtain of ripeness, there is a firm streak of acidity moderating all the sweet flavours and, more importantly,
From vines planted 93 years ago, this is another fine vision of Malbec in the traditional Agrelo zone. Juicy and
From one of the highest sites in Agrelo, this is a polished expression of Malbec. Rich in cherry and violet
From very old vines (some older than a century), this explodes with liquorice and intense, sweet spices. The structure is
Hefty oak, but a dense core of black fruit too, this feels expansive and ample, rich in blackberry flavours and
Mendoza - Argentina's Malbec, this wine hasDense and voluptuous – generous in black fruit and sweet spices, but with bright
Take a moment and see how pure this Malbec feels. It is tense and filled with red fruit, but at
Gualtallary in a more international version, this has a core of black fruit surrounded by notes of vanilla and oak.