The name Malbec is, apparently, derived from the Spanish for 'bad mouth' - mala boca - owing to the colour a few too many glasses lend to the teeth and gums!Some time in the 19th Century, somebody took some vines from Bordeaux and plonked them in the ground in Mendoza (Mendoza - about halfway up the country, on the left hand side, wedged up against the Andes). Among said vines was some Malbec, which decided to thrive in its new home. 150+ years later and Mendoza Malbec is everyone's favourite red wine. There's a lot of it, Mendoza is a big place with a lot of Malbec vines, costs are lower than in Europe or Australia, so you get quite a lot of bang for your buck - another important part of the appeal. And bang for your buck we can do - witness Finca Flichman's Tanguero or the Durou 'Exception'(more of Malbec Français later on). But, beyond the large-scale budget Malbecs, there is an increasing move toward a little more class and sophistication in your Malbec, and class and sophistication is right up our street...
A mixed case of Malbecs is available just here should you be tempted to try a few.
You can read our full blog post here.
Remember, there is a case price discount on any 12 bottles bought.
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