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About Malbec Wines from Argentina

July 13, 2011

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Though originally from France, Malbec never found in its native land the ideal soil conditions that are present in Argentina at the foot of the Andes or in the desert oases of Rio Negro, in Patagonia. In fact, this variety was only used in France to enhance the color of red wines. It is called “the black grape” in many parts of the world because the bright purple color of its youth turns almost black as it ripens.

Malbec has a leading role in Argentina. To begin with, it is the red wine variety that has become best adapted to our soil as it has found in it the ideal ecological conditions for its development, producing exceptional wines. Argentina is known as the producer of the finest Malbec and Mendoza’s Malbec is considered to be the best in the world. It has been awarded many well-deserved medals in wine contests.

Mendoza’s Malbec is intense, complex and dark-colored. It may develop clearly distinct characteristics depending on the climate and soil where it is grown. Wine tasters may discover different characters in Malbec from Lujan, Tupungato, San Martin or La Consulta, as this variety responds differently to each type of soil. Higher altitude terroirs, such as Vistalba or the Uco Valley, produce wines with perfect acidity, intense color and sweet and abundant tannins which are suitable for oak aging. In lower regions, concentration decreases and ripening is faster.

Malbec wines have Controlled Denomination of Origin (DOC) in some Argentine regions, which helps to protect the name of the area and forces wine makers to maintain the high quality of their wines. Lujan de Cuyo was the first region in the Americas to gain the regulatory Denomination of Origin designation for Malbec. Malbec Lujan de Cuyo has an intense and dark cherry red color, which may look almost black. Lujan has deep stony soils, controlled irrigation, good exposure to sunlight and an excellent altitude for vineyards. San Rafael became the second Denomination of Origin.

There are 22 recognized clones of Malbec in Argentina.

What to look for in Malbec

Malbec’s most significant characteristic is its intense dark colour. Higher-altitude vineyards produce Malbecs that offer a great balance between colour, acidity and sweet (yet abundant) tannins. Malbec’s aromas evoke cherries, strawberries or plums; in some cases it is reminiscent of cooked fruit (e.g. marmalade), depending on when the grapes were harvested. In the mouth Malbec is warm, soft, and sweet, with non-aggressive tannins.

When to drink Malbec

In general Malbec is a variety that offers a fruit explosion, a characteristic that can become very complex when the wine is aged in new oak. Young Malbecs without oak ageing should be consumed quickly; Malbecs aged a few months in oak may be kept for 2-3 years; “big” Malbecs can age well in the bottle for a decade.

What to pair with Malbec

With its intense ruby red color and sensual violet overtones, Malbec first captivates the eye. Its plum, ripe cherry, raisin and black pepper hints are captivating from the first sip. It has a silky mouth feel and is easy to drink. It pairs well with red meat, grilled meat, hard cheese and pasta with tomato sauce.


Clark Wine Center was built in 2003 by Hong Kong-based Yats International Leisure Philippines to become the largest wine shop in Philippines supplying Asia’s wine lovers with fine vintage wines at attractive prices. Today, this wine shop in Clark Philippines offers over 2000 selections of fine wines from all major wine regions in the world. As a leading wine supplier in Philippines, Pampanga’s Clark Wine Center offers an incomparable breadth of vintages, wines from back vintages spanning over 50 years. Clark Wine Center is located in Pampanga Clark Freeport Zone adjacent to Angeles City, just 25 minutes from Subic and 45 minutes from Manila.

Wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, Loire, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Alsace, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Chile and Argentina etc. are well represented in this Clark Wine Shop.

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