Ernesto Catena Padrillos Malbec 2016 $22 (4 stars)

It was SO exciting to open this new vintage of one of my favourite wines from last year to see that it’s just as delicious, albeit better than the 2014.  Fresh acidity, perfectly prickly alcohol and layers of dark berries, cocoa powder, roast beetroot and a squeak of tobacco.  ‘Padrillos’ means ‘stallion’ in Spanish, named […]

Serbal Mendoza Malbec Rosé 2015 $25 (3.5 stars)

If sweet rosé wines are not your thing, fret not. I’ve hunted high and low to address that issue and have found a little star you’ll love because it’s lipsmackingly lean and dry. Malbec rosé is not common and yet the team at Serbal are clearly experts in creating sophisticated, South American style rose that […]

Sottano Reserva de Familia Malbec 2012 $43 (4 stars)

Dense inky, muscular and shows a strong core of dark boysenberry, blackcurrant leaf, charred capsicum, and sensational smoky, meaty layers.  The texture of the tannins is chewy and deliciously drying, while a strong current of pepper and cocoa carry through to a long, persistent finish.  Enjoy with blackened lamb shoulder and pomegranate glaze. For info […]

Ernesto Catena Padrillos Malbec 2014 $24

A label shouldn’t sway one, but merry-go-round ponies scampering on a pale blue background?  Who can resist?  ‘Padrillos’ means ‘stallion’ in Spanish, named after the wild herds that appeared in the dreams of Argentine winemaker Ernesto Catena.  Grown under the searing Mendoza sun, this Malbec oozes fresh plum, intense blackberry and lavender alongside concentrated, ripe […]

Ernesto Catena Animal Natural Vineyards Malbec 2013 $31

I was seduced by the rich, sweet choco-espresso note on the nose and the lift of dried herb and earthy, succulence in this little bit of magic from Mendoza, Argentina.  It’s deliciously balanced and juicy and I love the layers of liquorice, wild pork and pepper and I also just love love love the label!  […]

Septima Mendoza Malbec 2014 $22 ★★★½

If you were thinking the national animal of Argentina was the llama you’d be wrong.  It’s Bolivia’s.  Argentina’s is the rufous hornero, or, as they say in the islands, the ‘red ovenbird’.   But in my opinion their national animal should be Malbec.  It might be a wine, but it’s muscular and meaty, furry around the edges, […]

Bodega Lagarde Guarda Blend 2012

Bodega Lagarde Guarda Blend 2012 $27 ★★★★ Sourced from one of the oldest bodega’s in the Llujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza in Argentina, this is a blend of 40% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% syrah that’s been aged for 12 months in French oak.  I love its black fruit intensity, liquorice […]

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