2017 Septima Malbec
$16.80 btl / $201.60 cs (case of 12 x 750ml)
Over the past decade, Malbec has quickly become popular due to its easy drinking nature with tons of juicy fruit flavours. A good Argentinian Malbec is deeply coloured, fruit forward with an exuberant juiciness and a velvety texture. We added the Septima Malbec to the portfolio just over a year ago and it has been extremely popular amongst our restaurant clients. We are confident that it will be wildly enjoyed by New World wine lovers.
Made with high quality grapes from the prominent Valle de Uco and Agrelo in Mendoza, Argentina, the vineyards are over 3,400 feet in elevation and the region’s ideal micro climate coupled with the sustainable farming practices of Bodega Septima produces wine of great quality and refined elegance. Kept for 6 months in American oak barrels, this Malbec is fruit forward offering black plum, fresh black cherry and blackberry along with toasty and vanilla notes with an optimal balance of acidity and alcohol delivering soft and delicate tannins with a long finish.
Malbec is originally from south-west France, but today is the crown jewel of Argentina. Better known then as Côt, it was the most commonly planted vine throughout south-west France, including Bordeaux, where it was primarily used as a blending grape. It was widely grown there until the severe winter of 1956 killed many of the vines. The roots of the Malbec vines did not respond well to a French climate, rotting easily, and there were often risks that entire crops were lost before harvest. Winemakers decided to leverage this precious land by replanting with varietals such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir because they were less susceptible to disease and rot. The good news was that Malbec was taken to Argentina in the mid-19th century, possibly via the cuttings imported into Chile from Bordeaux, and has adapted itself so stunningly to Argentina’s local conditions.
Price: Case of 12 at $201.60 ($16.80 per bottle)
Type/Variety/Body: Dry Red, 100% Malbec, Medium-Full
Drink: Now or over the next 5 years
Food Pairing: Braised Short Ribs, Rack of Lamb, Peppered Sirloin Steak, Meaty Lasagna