Malbec returns to our Top Ten list, and given that more than 75 percent of the world’s plantings are in Argentina, our focus this week is on Argie.
The rush for malbec has flooded the marketplace with a lot of labels, some excellent, some commercial. We have tried to navigate you toward the best, but please do not expect to find them all in government stores. The success of these wines globally means less for BC, and smaller amounts tend to head for restaurants and private wine shops so be prepared to hunt some of these labels down.
The good news is the quality is rising, and the push towards better wines is opening new frontiers for the friendly red that thrives at high altitudes. Malbec loves the cooler evenings at elevation, and the resulting diurnal shift conserves acidity and freshness, giving many of the best wines a very pleasant mineral, red fruit character that invites you to drink the entire bottle. Here are ten of our favourite Argentine malbec (and ties) tasted in recent months, which may just inspire you to fire up the asado.