DV Catena Malbec 2017

Malbec is the world’s favourite red wine grape and Catena Zapata won ‘The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand 2020’ from Drinks International. The effects of the pandemic on Argentina’s already fragile economy will be profound and long-lasting. Tesco stocks 29 malbecs and several chardonnays, pinot grigios, torrontes etc. from Argentina. This wine and most of…

Malbec 2019 Tesco Finest

Malbec is the world’s favourite red wine grape and this is down to Argentinian producers like Catena, who produce this good value red for Tesco and their own label DV Catena range which is sold in the UK. Argentina is essentially a developing world country and as such its wines ought to be fairly traded….

Trivento Reserve Malbec 2019 – UPDATE

Sales of Malbec are at an all time high in the UK – and deservedly so; it’s good wine and most of the available offerings are well priced (in the UK at least). The UK market leader is Trivento – owned by the mammoth Vina Concha Y Toro company from neighbouring Chile. Founded 23 years ago, Trivento…

Santa Julia Malbec 2019 – UPDATE

This Malbec bares the name of Zuccardi (albeit discretely) – excellent producers of Argentinian wines. Their wines are produced responsibly, organically and fairly – which is important in what is essentially a developing world economy. The Argentine economy has been turbulent for years. We visited in Autumn 2016 and prices for hotels, food and wine…

Trivento Reserve Malbec 2018 – UPDATE

The Argentine economy has been turbulent for years. We visited in Autumn 2016 and prices for hotels, food and wine were slightly more expensive than the UK. Not any more. The Peso is (at the time of writing in June 2020) worth a fifth of what it was three years ago. Great news if you…

Santa Julia Malbec Rosé

I have had this wine twice in recent weeks, as we are in the midst of an actual summer in England, with sunshine and everything, and it’s been very good.  I’m a fan of Zuccardi wines, following a trip to Mendoza. The fact that Mendoza produces any wine is pretty miraculous – it’s in the…

Cuchillo Malbec

We visited Mendoza in Autumn 2016 and spent 5 days tasting a range of wine. Located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, vineyards are planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world – with the average site located 600-1,100 meters above sea level. The principal wine-producing…

Santa Julia Reserve Malbec

Robert Parker gave this wine 91 points. But he’s like Craig Revel-Horwood on Strictly come Dancing (in the sense that he marks harshly, I hasten to add). I’ve scored it 92 – and would add extra marks for an attractive bottle (good for dinner parties & prospective in-laws) but that would be stupid… Tasting notes:…

Finca Las Moras Malbec

The description on their website says that this wine is produced from grapes from San Juan & Cuyo and produced at their winery in Tulum. In other words it’s from a wide region of the Mendoza province – but for the price it’s good wine and goes very well with beef dishes. Tasting notes: Inky…

Trivento Reserve Malbec

We visited Mendoza less than a year ago and spent 5 days tasting  Malbec, Torrontes and Chardonnay. Located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, vineyards are planted at the some of the highest altitudes in the world with the average site located 600-1,100 meters above sea level. The…

Trivento Private Reserve Malbec

Trivento is the global market leader in Argentinian wines. We visited the winery in November 2016 and tried their entire range. The UK offerings are mostly retailed in Tesco, which sells the Parra Alta Malbec and the reserve Malbec. They have also recently introduced this ‘Private Reserve’ Malbec, which is grown at altitude in the…

Santa Julia Malbec.

Malbec is everywhere, and here is yet another – however this one bares the name of Zuccardi (albeit discretely); excellent producers of Argentinian wines. Their wines are produced responsibly, organically and fairly – which is important in what is essentially a developing world economy. Tasting notes: Notes of cherry, plum and spice. Excellent velvety mouth-feel. Full…