Wendouree Shiraz Malbec 2015

Wendouree in the Clare Valley is legendary in local wine circles for their quixotic mailing list practices and very high quality wines. I sometimes wonder in which order. I opened a bottle of their shiraz malbec here from the 2015 vintage. It immediately identifies as a high quality wine. Its aromas remind of warm spices,Continue reading “Wendouree Shiraz Malbec 2015”

Golden Grove Estate Granite Belt Malbec 2016

I tasted a series of wines from Queensland’s Granite Belt back in 2013, with some mixed results. Golden Grove had one of the better wines on that tasting and this same producer has fashioned quite a pleasant and stylistically typical malbec here. Dark fruited, chocolatey and full bodied, this is a good example of aContinue reading “Golden Grove Estate Granite Belt Malbec 2016”

Zuccardi Q Valle de Uco Malbec Argentina 2016

Valle de Uco is southwest of Mendoza in Argentina, and is favourably regarded.  This particular malbec provides a contrast to the Cahors rendition just reviewed.  Quite deeply coloured in the glass, it has an aroma of sweet cooked fruit, herbs and oak.  The palate is jammy and savoury, with overlays of baked spices and meats,Continue reading “Zuccardi Q Valle de Uco Malbec Argentina 2016”

Château du Cèdre Héritage Cahors Malbec 2015

This is a good malbec from Cahors in south western France.  Less deeply coloured and fruity than its equivalents in Argentina, it has restrained aromas of red berries, earth, herbs and oak.  The palate is earthy and savoury, with liquorice overtones.  Some mid weight tannins and good length complete the picture.  This wine can beContinue reading “Château du Cèdre Héritage Cahors Malbec 2015”

Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Okanagan Valley 2014

This is the best Osoyoos Larose that I have tasted to date.  From Canada’s Okanagan Valley, it is a Bordeaux style blend that is serious in both intent and impression.  The 2014 vintage is a blend of 68% merlot, 11% cabernet franc, 8% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot and 5% malbec.  There are typical “cabernet”Continue reading “Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Okanagan Valley 2014”