Wine of the Week – Compadre Tempranillo Malbec 2012

Another week flies by and so it’s time for me to pick out another Wine of the Week…

This week I’ve selected a cracking new red from Mendoza in Argentina. This is a bright, fruit-forward wine that brings together the mainstay Riojan varietal – Tempranillo – plus Argentina’s flagship red grape – Malbec.

Compadre

I spent a couple of days with the team at Familia Zuccardi earlier this year taking a closer look at their vineyards throughout Mendoza, finally getting a chance to personally put together some blends at their impressive winery. Compadre Tempranillo Malbec is one of the first wines to land on our shores from that visit.

When I initially looked at both the components of Compadre, I was instantly aware that we were going to be creating a unique and exciting red wine. The Tempranillo was bright with layers of red fruit and spice with a crunchiness on the finish. The Malbec was loaded with blue fruit and a little time in oak adds a lovely sweetness.

We messed about with several different percentage combinations but ultimately settled on 70% Tempranillo and 30% Malbec. It just felt right. The finished wine shows off the character of each grape variety while creating something that is more than the sum of its parts. The important thing was to not lose any of the individual characters. The Tempranillo – remains bright and red fruit-driven. The Malbec – is full of dense blue fruit and brings a wonderfully juicy feel to the palate.

Compadre is a great wine for breaking up the week by partnering with a good, home-cooked dish. Grilled lamb chops with rosemary and garlic served with a Greek salad is ideal.

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