Valle Las Acequias Malbec Oak 2011

I’ve reviewed the 2010 vintage of this wine previously.  The label of the 2011 vintage tasted here persists with describing its wine as “Malbec Oak”, which strikes me as an unusual description.  Unexpectedly then, I felt the 2011 vintage of this wine didn’t stylistically feature much oak influence.  In the glass, the 2011 is ratherContinue reading “Valle Las Acequias Malbec Oak 2011”

Layer Cake Malbec 2015

The 2015 vintage of Layer Cake’s malbec presents as very ripe in style, with distinctive fruit cake aromatics.  The palate is primary in expression, very sweet fruited and somewhat unconvincing.  (Region: Mendoza, Argentina, Rating: Acceptable, Would I buy it based on this tasting? No, Drink: now, Tasted: Jan, 2017) Read more:layercakewines.com Other vintages reviewed:Nil

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Cantena Amancaya Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet 2013

This wine from Mendoza in Argentina is made by a joint venture between Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family in Mendoza.  It’s a resounding success.  The blend is 60-70% malbec and 30-40% cabernet sauvignon, and sees a restrained 20% new oak.  In the glass, the wine is full bodied, with blackcurrant aromas andContinue reading “Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Cantena Amancaya Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet 2013”

Back at the desk; Clos de los Siete 2013

Well, I’m back at the desk having returned from a couple of weeks abroad in British Columbia in Canada.  It was not a wine trip, but naturally I could not help wanting to look in on some of the wines of this remarkable continent, north and south.  I’ve written on these pages previously in praiseContinue reading “Back at the desk; Clos de los Siete 2013”

Vina Cobos Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2013

One of the things I like about wine is just when you think you are getting to grips with the wines and styles of particular regions, you are reminded that there are regions and possibly whole countries which produce wine where frankly more work is required. Observations such as these require some pause for thoughtContinue reading “Vina Cobos Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2013”

Some South Americans – Clos de los Siete 2011, Valle Las Acequias Mendoza 2010, Los Vascos Grand Reserve 2011 and Norton Privada Mendoza 2011

Here is a roundup of a few South American wines tasted abroad.  These wines continue to impress.  Most are available in Australia, with the honourable exception of the first one.  Naturally, of course, that is the wine that I would most wish to buy. Clos de los Siete Mendoza 2011, ArgentinaThis is another good releaseContinue reading “Some South Americans – Clos de los Siete 2011, Valle Las Acequias Mendoza 2010, Los Vascos Grand Reserve 2011 and Norton Privada Mendoza 2011”