Check out the recent tasting session from our friends at BeardandWine.com, they were at a Malbec tasting event at Gauchos courtest of Mr Hyde from Shortlist.
On Saturday 18th I was fortunate enough to get hold of two tickets for a Malbec tasting with Gaucho’s Group Sommelier, Edgar Znutins, courtesy of Mr Hyde (the daily lifestyle email from ShortList magazine). The event was a celebration of a grape originally found in Bordeaux but more recently celebrated as an Argentinean varietal. Malbec has a very proud place on the wine list at Gaucho (an Argentinean steak restaurant) and the energetic, witty and knowledgeable Edgar Znutins sought to take us on a whirlwind tour of the numerous styles available.
The tasting comprised of five wines and we tasted from Southern Argentina northwards. All wines are available at retail prices from the Cavas de Gaucho at Gaucho Piccadilly.
Aniello 006 Malbec, Rio Negro, Patagonia
: First up we tasted a wine from Patagonia in the South of Argentina, a significantly cooler climate Malbec than those we tasted later on. Slightly lighter in colour than your typical Malbec, fruity aromas of black cherries and blueberries dominate on the nose. Fresh and light (relatively) on the palate, a floral violet note and plummyness work well with good acidity and ripe tannins. A wonderful alternative for those who don’t like bigger, more powerful red wines.
Passionate Wines “Demente” Blend, Tupungato, Uco Valley
Dark purple in colour and with heavy oak influence on the nose (think sweet spice, smoky toastiness and subtle chocolate). Ripe and juicy black fruit (cherry and plum, perhaps even prune) are prominent on the palate, balanced beautifully with the oak backdrop including hints of mocha. A big boy wine.
Finca La Anita Malbec, Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo
Black berry fruit, prune and dried fig work alongside an almost herbal note on the nose. Elegant and bold, the palate has deep blackcurrant and blackberry flavours working alongside a light toast and spicyness. What I would consider a typically well-made Malbec.
El Porvenir de Cafayate “Laborum” Malbec, Cafayate, Salta
Red fruit dominant on the nose (fresh raspberries and cherries) alongside both a spicy and black pepper aroma. Oak ageing ensures that the dark cherry and violet palate flavours are balanced with some chocolate and toast. Wonderfully integrated tannins and a lengthy finish. This was my favourite.
Vina Patricia d’Oro Malbec, Lunlunta, Lujan de Cuyo
A wine produced in Gaucho’s own vineyard in Lunlunta and affectionately named after the owner’s wife. This wine exhibited ripe cherry aromas and a subtle minerality on the nose. Juicy dark fruits (black cherry and blackberry) and sweet spice hit the palate perfectly and a chocolatey finish ensures this hits all the right spots. Excellent work Gaucho!