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The Malbec Reserve – Mi Terruno, Mendoza, Argentina

This is, without doubt, one of the most followed wines from our catalogue. Argentinian Malbec is the flavour of the month at present and for all red meat dishes, which are abundant at this time of year, there is nothing finer to wash them down with.

This is another exceptional offering from Maria Eugenia Baigorria and Sergio Jimenez from their alluvial vineyards in the top area of Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo. Hand-picked as is all the fruit at this classy estate, the grapes undergo a second selection when they reach the winery to ensure only the finest fruit makes it into the blend. It's then given a 2 or 3-day cold soak to extract great colour and fruit flavour before the cool temperature vinification which takes around three weeks. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged for 7 months in French and American oak barrels.

It is just what you should expect. Intensely coloured still showing youth with some notes of violet. The nose is typical of red fruits such as plums and cherries with hints of vanilla behind from the oak maturation. Full-bodied and round with ripe and sweet tannins to back the luscious fruit flavours. Put this with any red meat dish and it will amply reward you but a top-class steak is ideal.