It is the emblematic grape of Argentina, the country with the largest area planted with Malbec in the world. It arrived to Mendoza in XIX, where has been adapted to all viticulture zones of our country. It has been devoted to intensive crops due to its health, strength and the ability to make good wine with a Malbec base. Today there are several variations in the process of winemaking with this grapes, it can be a young and simple wine or a thick and deep one with long aging in barrels, a pink wine, a sparkling one or a dessert wine, like Muscat. tannins.
In all cases their primary aromas stand out for their nuances of ripe plums –sometimes mint- and its ability to fill the palate without aggressiveness, due to its sweet and round.
History: It originated in Cahors, France, where it is called Cot. It has adapted perfectly to the Argentinean viticulture and it is the emblematic grape of Argentina.
Surface: 16,350 hectares.
Leaf: little folded and contorted, medium-sized, dark green, whole and three lobed.
Cluster: medium-sized, conical and loose.
Berry: blue black, oval, medium-sized and soft pulp.
Wine: deep red colour with many blue, violets and black shades. Its fragrances remind plums, cherries and red fruit marmalades. It exhibits sweet tannins, good body and aging ability to the palate.
In order to develop its full potential, Malbec requires a wide variation between day and night temperatures. Higher altitude terroirs, such as Vistalba, yield wines with optimum acidity, lots of color, sweet and a lot of tannins; they reach perfect aging in barrels.
In lower altitude areas, its concentration decreases and it ripens quickly.