When you think Malbec, the first thing that comes to mind is o’ glorious Argentina! The land of spectacular mountains, tango dancing, colourful culture and succulent meats! But why does such a lowly grape have such significance to this country?
Like many other varieties, Malbec has a French origin and was brought to the other ends of the world in the mid 19thcentury. There it flourished and established the commercial wine boom in Argentina. The quality might not have been well regarded but it did the trick – most can still remember Malbec being a bit too jammy and a bit too alcoholic for most taste buds. But in the late 20th century, as the market shifted towards premium wines, the wines had to evolve resulting in a surge of new Malbecs, ultimately redefining its image in the world of wine and solidifying its ‘brand’ for Argentina.
And there is no other winery that defines Argentine premium wines better than Bodegas Salentein. Located in Uco Valley, one of the most distinguished areas for grape-growing, this winery takes advantage of the high altitude off the foothills of the stunning Andes mountains (vineyards between 1,050 and 1,700 meters above sea level), dryer and cooler climates (five different microclimates) and varied soil types to bring forth the perfect glass of vino!
Speaking of wines with exceptional quality and characteristics, their Barrel Selection Malbec is worth highlighting. Marking its 20th year, the 2018 vintage is seductive, floral, and silky with a blend of savoury, black fruit and violet notes. Persistent finish with lovely soft tannins - a bottle that will keep you wanting more! Rated 92 points by Decanter and included in their top 10 Argentine Malbec’s to try! What a serious following in such a short time after their release!
Still not convinced? Check it out on Wine Please! and give it a whirl tonight. We guarantee that you’ll fall in love with it!