It’s World Malbec Day today so I’ve selected a new wine I bought a little while ago – Tierra del Corazon Bio Bio Malbec Reserva 2013 – which has recently landed in our Distribution Centre.
It doesn’t hail from Argentina or France but instead it’s a product of the Bio Bio Valley in Chile. An area of Chile I personally think has a very bright future ahead of it. Situated some 300 miles south of Santiago, it is a region making some truly great wines from vineyards, mainly planted with cool climate varietals – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc being the focus.
By the large part, producers are concentrating on these varieties, however, during a visit last year I was a little surprised when I was shown some fairly recently planted Malbec vines. Some 12 months on and I was contacted to say that there was a small parcel available for those vines! Malbec has gathered a real following recently and it’s now time for Chile to show the world what it can do when working with this blue fruit-swathed varietal.
This is a bold wine in both fruit character and structure. Vibrant aromas of blueberry and damson fruit are supported by layers of savoury spice and lovely sweet oak. Thankfully though there is still plenty of freshness to the palate working in harmony with the naturally juicy nature of Malbec. This juicy nature gives you a number of options for a food match, but it’s tough to look past a perfectly cooked steak or well stacked burger.
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