malbec wines from Cahors France and Colchagua Valley Chile and Hawkes Bay

Maybe often seems a much-overlooked wine and not for any good reason. Recently I have stumbled upon a few that have given us bags of pleasure! The same grape expressed individually, from Cahors, Hawkes Bay New Zealand, and the Colchagua Valley in Chile.

Each of these places is worth investigating in more detail in their own right but if you are thinking of branching out in the longer spring evenings then give these malbecs a try.

Chatons du Cèdre, Cahors, 2014 Malbec


Lovely dark inky complexion. Blackcurrant/cassis and bramble aroma. Silky full bodied with good tannin for roast duck with red cabbage that we are having. Very tasty wine & new fave at ~£11 from @oddbins

Excellent value: £10.50 from Oddbins

Caliterra, Tributo, Malbec, 2015

caliterra wine malbec

Lovely scent of rosè and redcurrant. Fresh tasting zing of fruit and spice with a food smashing note of tannin. Serve with rich red meat dishes or roasted vegetables covered in herbs. Great drop.

Bargain price range: ~£12. Buy in the UK from Field & Fawcett, the Leamington Wine Company et al.

Hawkes Bay 2014, Left Field Malbec

leftfield malbec

Wow, a very luxurious concentrated red. 4yrs old & good to go. Blackcurrant, dark chocolate, full-bodied succulent velvety soft tannins. 

Perfect with equally succulent red meats. Vines are grown in the very special Gimblett Gravels in New Zealand. If you see it ... grab it. 

It’s hard to not mention the incredibly stylish labels that the Left Field range has commissioned. These beautifully executed illustrations have been commissioned across the range. View the website for more information.

Great price: ~£17 Newcastle, Noble Grape Wines, Auriol Wines


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