What is Malbec Wine?
Malbec comes from a purple grape that has its origins in Bordeaux, France; however, it’s popularity there has diminished over time. Currently, it’s mainly used for blends there (with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Gamay.) Malbec does best in Argentina, where it has become the flagship wine, but other regions include South Africa, Chile, Australia, and the United States. It’s typically a thin skinned grape that requires sun and heat, as it is sensitive to frost and coulure (this is where grapes do not develop after flowering, which causes low quantity or no crop at all.) Malbec wines are typically medium to full body with a higher acidic and tannin content.
Style of Malbec Wine
The style of the wine changes depending on the altitude the grapes are grown in. Higher altitudes that are cooler will give you a thick skinned grape that produces a wine with more acid and tannins. The lower altitude will give you the thinner skin, and a lighter bodied wine with less acid.
Aromas & Flavors
Aroma-wise you may get pepper, cherry, and raspberry. Flavors invoked may be pepper, smoke, currant, berry, plum, and mocha.
Malbec wine goes best with red meat, pork, chicken, and sausage. Give it a try with Italian, Mexican, Indian, and Thai food. Barbecue is also a good pairing.
ABV & Calorie Count
The alcohol by volume (ABV) range is 13.5% to 14.5% with a caloric count around 120 calories for a 5 ounce glass.