Written by Rod Properjohn,
It’s been a blending variety for decades in Australia, mainly with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Just lately, however, we are seeing more Malbec in its solo form from our wineries.
There’s no doubt that’s because of the amount of Argentinean malbec landing in Australia today which is being snapped up by consumers because it’s very drinkable and affordable.
There is variability in Australian Malbec wine, which is understandable, not only because of the inconsistency of the grape itself, but winemakers are messing around and getting to know the variety better.
It will take time before our regional Malbec styles are better defined; in the meantime check out these two wines.
Although they are very different, in fact, poles apart in style, they drink well.
Faber Vineyard 2016 Malbec $25
From the beautiful Ferguson Valley east of Bunbury, this is surprisingly savoury and middleweight for a John Griffith’s red - he likes them big and bold.
The wine is bright ruby in colour, has cherry, tobacco leaf and a spicy lift that stretches to a cleansing finish. The tannins are firm and add to the structure. 91pts
This wine is available in our On the Vine Summer Edition magazine.
Bremerton 2015 Malbec $25
Don’t wear white when drinking this Langhorne Creek wine; it’s Goth black and purple in colour - a dry cleaner's favourite.
There’s a whack of prune juice, spice and wild blackberry, toss in some sweet oak, tannins and richness and you have one substantial wine.
No finesse here, its smack-bang in your face. 90pts