Pronounced: Mahl-Beck

History: Originating from the Bordeaux region of France, this grape is among the "big six" for red wine grapes. However, its fame and fortune often end there. In France it is generally a grape used for blending, with very little vine being devoted to its improvement or success. The story in Argentina is quite the opposite. Malbec has found renewed acclaim and initial glory in the sun-drenched climate of Argentina. This is Argentina's signature grape and it is quickly making a new name for itself with red wine lovers.

Description: Malbec is typically a medium to full-bodied red wine. Ripe fruit flavors of plums and blackberry give it a jammy characteristic. The tannins are typically a bit tight and the earthy, wood-like appeal makes for a fairly rustic wine. The depth of colour and palate and the levels of acid and alcohol in wine produced from Malbec are greatly dependent on the variations in growing and climatic conditions in the different regions of production. Generally Malbec provides a light style wine of good colour

Taste/Aromas: sweet, not very aromatic but with berries and spice on the palate, maturing quickly

Regions: South Australia.

Cellaring: Best drunk when young

Food: Definitely a red meat wine that is versatile enough to stand up to Mexican, Cajun, Indian or Italian fare (especially with tomato-based sauces