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  • Writer's pictureErica Taylor

🍷 Malbec Day 2023 🍷

Malbec, a grape variety originating from France's Bordeaux region, has made significant strides around the world. This is owing to its distinct characteristics — thin skin producing deeply colored wines with a full-bodied taste.

Frost poses a serious threat to the delicate buds of the Malbec grape that results in reduced yields each year.

Yet the wine obtained from these grapes offers an exceptional blend of high tannins and acidity partnered with intense flavors of spicy tobacco and tart fruits such as blackcurrants. To improve upon an already excellent product, various vineyards mix Malbec with other red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, along with Petit Verdot resulting in flavors that are robust yet nuanced. Given its wide plantations throughout Argentina since introduced in the mid-19th century up until now; there's no debating how dominant Malbec varietal grapes have remained.

And it comes as no surprise because these wines possess a remarkable blend of attributes ranging from deep colors down to fruity aroma notes all bottled-up into smooth-tasting tannins that awe customers' taste buds. Asides from Argentina's unusual climate conditions which allow vineyard productions at higher altitudes whilst resulting slow ripening and strangely yet unique flavors for this wine genre – other countries including Chile, Australia United States also boast impressive lineups.

One of the trendiest grapes to have captured South African winemakers' attention in recent years is Malbec. Found predominantly in the Cape provinces where it thrives on dry lands warmed by sunshine throughout most of the year.

Thanks to this climate's ability to support vigorous growth of plants, including robust grape vines like Malbecs that bear dense-packed fruit clusters filled with flavors and aromas suggesting their high tannin content. For anyone who loves wines with a richness akin to none, the Malbec will not disappoint.

A characteristic feature of these wines is their aging process in oak barrels which endows them with complexity. In South Africa's Western Cape province, specifically the Stellenbosch region with its unmatched topography characterized by warm climate and rich soils producing intense flavors and aromas of grapes stands out as a hub for Malbec production.

Innovative winemakers enjoy experimenting with blends using different grape types including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz among others resulting in novel savor profiles. When it comes down to wine varietals that offer a rich character profile and full-bodied depth, many aficionados agree; Malbec ranks among their top choices.

Originally hailing from France but now grown in several regions around the world - including Argentina and South Africa - these grapes bring with them dark colorations along with intense fruit notes and robust tannins in various blends. For instance, South African Malbec wines boast deep tones of pigment while delivering mouthwatering fruit overtones that make elegance evident in every sip.

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