Since 2011, ‘Wines of Argentina’ has been paying homage to Malbec on 17 April, the day in 1853 the first agricultural school in Argentina was founded, becoming a symbol of the transformation of Argentina’s wine industry.
More than 1,12,823 acres of Malbec have been planted in Argentina, 129 million litres of Malbec was exported by Argentina in 2020 alone. Malbec is still produced in the USA, Chile, South Africa and Australia, but in much smaller quantities than in Argentina.
Argentinian Malbec is grown at some of the highest altitudes in the world, ranging from 900 metres above sea level in in Mendoza, to 3,000 metres above sea level in Salta.
Moet Hennessy India has in its portfolio Terrazas Reserva Malbec with which to celebrate the occasion. The heart of Terrazas is a layered, very balanced expression of every varietal from Terrazas’ own vineyards, rooted in the best terroirs of Mendoza.
Terrazas Reserva Malbec is a blend of the emblematic terroirs of the estate. Each vineyard’s grapes have unique aromas that reflect the specific altitude and soil.
Each vineyard and sub-parcel is harvested at its peak of expression, while preserving aromatic and natural freshness. They are all vinified separately to carefully adapt the wine-making to the grape profile.
Maceration is precise and gentle to favour balance and finesse. The blend of so many expressive Malbec components brings layers to the aromas and mouth feel, giving a complex and elegant wine.
Reserva Malbec is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, and at least another 6 months in the bottle. Its cellaring potential is 10 years.
The blend is made from Malbec from Paraje Altamira, Eugenio Busto, Gualtallary and Las Compuertas estate-owned vineyards. The style is fruity, nicely layered and fresh. Balance and elegance guide this wine from the beginning to end.
It is ideal to pair with red and game meat, especially grilled. Also pairs beautifully with mature cheeses and pasta with tomato sauce. It is priced at Rs. 3,280 in India.