Malbec (red)

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Responsible for the so-called ancient 'black wine of Cahors' in south-west France, Malbec is also a minor partner among the five main red varieties that make up the Bordeaux blend.

Malbec © CIVB
Image: Malbec © CIVB

While it can be harsh and rustically tannic in France (usually needing Merlot to soften it), it is the red grape par excellence of Argentina, where it makes a softer, juicier style of red, especially from old vines, with raspberry, mulberry and game-like undertones. It's also grown in Chile, Australia and California.

What does it taste like?

Mulberry and blackberry flavours
Tarry and leathery

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