PEOPLE’S CHOICE: WINE 2017

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Wow, people. Just wow.

Over 1400 people, 2500+ empanadas, 90+ Malbec … and let’s not forget the tango dancers. This truly was Australia’s BEST Malbec event, and we have you to thank for it. So, THANK YOU!

Thanks also to the Argentinean Embassy for coming down and spreading the Malbec love.

You may remember that on the day we asked you to vote for your favourite producer on the day and below is the results of both the overall votes and individual cities.

But at the end of the Tango, there can only be one winner and, for the second year in a row, the title goes to JED WINES!

BRAVO!

NATIONAL Top 10
  1. JED
  2. Yarra Yering
  3. Aluvion
  4. Man o War
  5. Terrazas de Los Andes
  6. Catena Zapata
  7. Taylor Made
  8. Bremerton
  9. Acordeón
  10. Mendel

Maybe it had something to do with the costume?

SYDNEY TOP 5
  1. JED
  2. Aluvion
  3. Tied between – Yarra Yering, Taylors & Man o’War
  4. Bremerton
  5. Terrazas
MELBOURNE TOP 5
  1. Yarra Yering
  2. JED
  3. ReWine
  4. Terrazas de Los Andes
  5. Catena Zapata

MELBOURNE – Your Malbec Wine List is here!

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So here you go. Your Malbec Wine List for Gauchito Gil’ Malbec Day and boy, it’s a doozy. In fact, just under 90 different Malbec’s will be on tasting.

So the question is now, where do you start?

Regardless of your wine knowledge, navigating your way around 90 odd wines at any event can be a little daunting so here are a few tips to help you navigate your way through the day.

Malbec is Wine with Altitude.

Think of the variety the same way as you would with Australian Shiraz. We grow it virtually everywhere here but as we all know well, the variations are endless with where it’s grown playing a vital role as to subsequent style. Warmer regions (like Barossa for example) can often produce bigger, richer styles of shiraz. Cooler regions, like the Yarra Valley, are often more in the medium bodied spectrum and generally show a little more spice.

Same ideas can be applied to Malbec. The lower the altitude, the warmer it gets hence a more fuller flavoured style. The higher the altitude, the cooler it gets so you tend to see more floral and perfumed examples.

Make sense?

All in all, you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger range and broader selection of Malbec anywhere and we can’t wait to see which is your favourite producer on the day!

OLÉ!


ARGENTINA

Untapped Fine Wines
Achaval Ferrer Malbec Mendoza 2014
Achaval Ferrer Quimera Blend 2009
Caelum Malbec 2013
El Porvenir Amauta I Inspiración Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2011
El Porvenir Laborum Single Vineyard Malbec 2007
Enrique Foster Venetia Sparkling Blanc de Noir Malbec NV
Enrique Foster IQUE Malbec 2016
Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2012
Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Malbec 2016
Mauricio Lorca Opalo Malbec 2012
Mendel Lunta Malbec 2014
Mendel Unus Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Mendel Finca Remota Malbec 2009
Mi Terruño Uvas Malbec Rosé 2016
Mi Terruño Uvas Malbec 2015
Mi Terruño Expresión Malbec 2014
Mi Terruño Reserva Malbec 2014
Mi Terruño Mayacaba Malbec 2009
O. Fournier Alfa Crux Blend 2004
Maquis Malbec Rosé 2014
Maquis Malbec 2012
Tamaya Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah (1500ml) 2012

Jed Wines
Jed Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2014.
Jed Limited Release Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2013.
La Posta “Paulucci” Malbec, Lujan De Cuyo, Mendoza 2015.
Bodega Noemia “A Lisa” Malbec, Patagonia 2015.
Bodega Colome “Estate” Malbec, Salta 2014.
Bodega Colome “A

Artisan Malbec Club
Finca Agostino Malbec
Bressia Monteagrelo Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Grand Selection
Mythic Estate Malbec
Viniterra Select Malbec
Serie Terra Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Reserve Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Sol Fa Sol Malbec
Luigi Bosca Malbec

Bodega Catena Zapata
Alamos Malbec 2015
Tilia Malbec 2015
Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2014
Catena Alta Malbec 2013

Red Wax Wines
Vina Las Perdices, Malbec Rose 2015
Mevi Bodega Boutique, ‘San Gimignano’ Malbec 2015
Vina Las Perdices, Malbec 2015
Familia Blanco ‘Mairena’ Malbec 2013
Mevi Bodega Boutique, ‘San Gimignano’ Malbec RSV 2012
CarinaE, ‘Finca Deneza’, Single Vineyard Malbec 2014
CarinaE, ‘Hommage’, Malbec Gran RSV 2010

Winetraveller
Acordeón Malbec Mendoza 2015

Argento
Argento Classic Malbec 2015
Esquinas Malbec 2014
Argento Reserva Malbec 2014

red+white
Fat Bastard Malbec Mendoza 2016

United Cellars
Bodegas Salentein ‘Paso’ Selected Red 2015
Bodegas Salentein Portillo Malbec 2015
Finca Flichman ‘Gestos’ Malbec 2014
Finca Flichman ‘Expressiones’, 2014
Trumpeter Malbec 2014
Rutini Encuentro 2014
San Felipe Roble Malbec 2015
Perez Cruz COT 2013

Terrazas de los Andes
Terrazas Reserva Malbec 2015
Terrazas Single Vineyard Malbec 2011

 

AUSTRALIA

Yarra Yering – Yarra Valley
Yarra Yering Malbec 2016
Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec 2015

red+white
Brothers in Arms Side by Side Malbec Langhorne Creek 2013
La La Land Malbec Murray Darling 2015
Cullen Mangan Vineyard Malbec Preservative Free 2016

Bremerton – Langhorn Creek
Bremerton Special Release Malbec 2015

Jones Winery – Rutherglen
Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec 2015
Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec 2013
Jones Winery Rosé 2016

Taylor Made by Taylors Wines
Taylor Made Clare Valley Malbec 2015

ReWine – Heathcote
ReWine Malbec

Brown Brothers – Heathcote
Brown Brothers Vintage Release Malbec 2015

 

NEW ZEALAND

Man O’ War Vineyards – Waihiki Island
‘Pinque’ Rosé 2016
‘Death Valley’ Malbec 2014
‘Warspite’ 2013
‘Gravestone’ 2013
‘Valhalla’ 2016

FRANCE

La Mosaique – Cahors
Chateau Combel la Serre AOC Cahors Malbec 2012
Chateau Combel la Serre Pur Fruit AOC Cahors Malbec 2014
Domaine Saint Etienne Rouge Barrique AOC Quercy 2012
Domaine Saint Etienne Rouge AOC Quercy 2015

Mas del Périé | Fabien Jouves – Cahors
Fabien Jouves ‘Haute Cot(e) de Fruite’ Cahors 2015
Mas del Périé ‘La Roque’ Cahors 2015
Mas del Périé ‘Amphore’ Cahors 2014

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SYDNEY – Behold your Malbec Wine List!

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So here you go. Your Malbec Wine List for Gauchito Gil’ Malbec Day and boy, it’s a doozy. So the question is now, where do you start.

Regardless of your wine knowledge, navigating your way around 90 odd wines at any event can be a little daunting so here are a few tips to help you navigate your way through the day.

Malbec is Wine with Altitude.

Think of the variety the same way as you would with Australian Shiraz. We grow it virtually everywhere here but as we all know well, the variations are endless with where it’s grown playing a vital role as to subsequent style. Warmer regions (like Barossa for example) can often produce bigger, richer styles of shiraz. Cooler regions, like the Yarra Valley, are often more in the medium bodied spectrum and generally show a little more spice.

Same ideas can be applied to Malbec. The lower the altitude, the warmer it gets hence a more fuller flavoured style. The higher the altitude, the cooler it gets so you tend to see more floral and perfumed examples.

Make sense?

All in all, you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger range and broader selection of Malbec anywhere and we can’t wait to see which is your favourite producer on the day!

OLÉ!

ARGENTINA

Untapped Fine Wines
Achaval Ferrer Malbec Mendoza 2014
Achaval Ferrer Quimera Blend 2009
Caelum Malbec 2013
El Porvenir Amauta I Inspiración Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2011
El Porvenir Laborum Single Vineyard Malbec 2007
Enrique Foster Venetia Sparkling Blanc de Noir Malbec NV
Enrique Foster IQUE Malbec 2016
Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2012
Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Malbec 2016
Mauricio Lorca Opalo Malbec 2012
Mendel Lunta Malbec 2014
Mendel Unus Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Mendel Finca Remota Malbec 2009
Mi Terruño Uvas Malbec Rosé 2016
Mi Terruño Uvas Malbec 2015
Mi Terruño Expresión Malbec 2014
Mi Terruño Reserva Malbec 2014
Mi Terruño Mayacaba Malbec 2009
O. Fournier Alfa Crux Blend 2004
Maquis Malbec Rosé 2014
Maquis Malbec 2012
Tamaya Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah (1500ml) 2012

Jed Wines
Jed Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2014.
Jed Limited Release Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2013.
La Posta “Paulucci” Malbec, Lujan De Cuyo, Mendoza 2015.
Bodega Noemia “A Lisa” Malbec, Patagonia 2015.
Bodega Colome “Estate” Malbec, Salta 2014.
Bodega Colome “A

Artisan Malbec Club
Finca Agostino Malbec
Bressia Monteagrelo Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Grand Selection
Mythic Estate Malbec
Viniterra Select Malbec
Serie Terra Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Reserve Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Sol Fa Sol Malbec
Luigi Bosca Malbec

Bodega Catena Zapata
Alamos Malbec 2015
Tilia Malbec 2015
Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2014
Catena Alta Malbec 2013

Red Wax Wines
Vina Las Perdices, Malbec Rose 2015
Mevi Bodega Boutique, ‘San Gimignano’ Malbec 2015
Vina Las Perdices, Malbec 2015
Familia Blanco ‘Mairena’ Malbec 2013
Mevi Bodega Boutique, ‘San Gimignano’ Malbec RSV 2012
CarinaE, ‘Finca Deneza’, Single Vineyard Malbec 2014
CarinaE, ‘Hommage’, Malbec Gran RSV 2010

Winetraveller
Acordeón Malbec Mendoza 2015

Argento
Argento Classic Malbec 2015
Esquinas Malbec 2014
Argento Reserva Malbec 2014

red+white
Fat Bastard Malbec Mendoza 2016

Aluvión Vineyards
Aluvión Vineyards Malbec Reserva “Cooper’s Pick” 2011
Aluvión Vineyards Malbec Reserva 2012

United Cellars
Bodegas Salentein ‘Paso’ Selected Red 2015
Bodegas Salentein Portillo Malbec 2015
Finca Flichman ‘Gestos’ Malbec 2014
Finca Flichman ‘Expressiones’, 2014
Trumpeter Malbec 2014
Rutini Encuentro 2014
San Felipe Roble Malbec 2015
Perez Cruz COT 2013

Terrazas de los Andes
Terrazas Reserva Malbec 2015
Terrazas Single Vineyard Malbec 2011

Exclusive Vines
Tomero Malbec 2015
Serbal Malbec 2015
Catalpa Malbec 2014
Vistalba B 2014
Arturo Malbec 2013
Arido Malbec 2014
Altamira Navigato Family Selection 2009

 

AUSTRALIA

Yarra Yering – Yarra Valley
Yarra Yering Malbec 2016
Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec 2015

red+white
Brothers in Arms Side by Side Malbec Langhorne Creek 2013
La La Land Malbec Murray Darling 2015
Cullen Mangan Vineyard Malbec Preservative Free 2016

Bremerton – Langhorn Creek
Bremerton Special Release Malbec 2015

Jones Winery – Rutherglen
Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec 2015
Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec 2013
Jones Winery Rosé 2016

Taylor Made by Taylors Wines
Taylor Made Clare Valley Malbec 2015

 

NEW ZEALAND

Man O’ War Vineyards – Waihiki Island
‘Pinque’ Rosé 2016
‘Death Valley’ Malbec 2014
‘Warspite’ 2013
‘Gravestone’ 2013
‘Valhalla’ 2016

 

FRANCE

La Mosaique – Cahors
Chateau Combel la Serre AOC Cahors Malbec 2012
Chateau Combel la Serre Pur Fruit AOC Cahors Malbec 2014
Domaine Saint Etienne Rouge Barrique AOC Quercy 2012
Domaine Saint Etienne Rouge AOC Quercy 2015

Mas del Périé | Fabien Jouves – Cahors
Fabien Jouves ‘Haute Cot(e) de Fruite’ Cahors 2015
Mas del Périé ‘La Roque’ Cahors 2015
Mas del Périé ‘Amphore’ Cahors 2014

 

MALBEC MAKERS: Mandy Jones from Jones Winery & Vineyard

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Give us the short version of your story.

I’m Rutherglen born and bred, from fifth-generation Rutherglen winemakers. I studied Industrial Chemistry at Melbourne Uni before heading overseas. Came back and went to Charles Sturt University to study Wine Science. Then I took a vintage job in Portugal before 14 years working fulltime in Bordeaux. I came back to the family property in 2004, and now own Jones Winery and Vineyard with my brother and we have restored, renovated, rebuilt and replanted. Now we have 10 hectares under vine which we run sustainably. We prefer to make wines from grapes that we grow and have a low intervention grape growing/winemaking philosophy. We love our patch of dirt!

So, why Malbec?

I just love it. Ever since I started working with it in Bordeaux I have been fascinated by the variety. It is fickle, rustic and shows its best when it is put under pressure.  When I drank some 1970’s Malbec made by Mick Morris here in Rutherglen I was convinced that it could also be magical here in Rutherglen’s warmth.

What has been your most classic Argentinean/Malbec experience?

A whirlwind tour of Cahors!

Meat is a given, but what else do you think goes well with it?

Best with a steak that falls off the side of your plate, but it can go well with Lievre a la Royale (hare) and anything slow cooked in red wine. I also love it with bity cheese, certain pastas, and cumin-based dishes such as cumin-baked carrots.

Malbec is wine with Altitude. Discuss!

It also works at the dizzying height of 170m above sea level.

Can you remember your ‘first time’ with it?

Yep – made it into rosé as it was overcropped and useless as red wine material.

Do you tango? Have you ever tried?

No and No.

Finish this sentence: “Malbec makes…”

…my mouth water, and it makes me want to take another sip.

What can we expect from you on the day? 

Malbec as it is from our little patch of dirt here in Rutherglen.

What do you drink when no one’s watching?

Gin and tonic.

Five minutes with… Tom Egan from Jed Wines

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Give us the short version of your story.

We’re three Aussies producing wine in Mendoza, Argentina. After study winemaking together and working vintages overseas, we discovered Malbec and Argentina and decided to have a crack at producing wine there.

Why make wine in Argentina? Wouldn’t it be easier in Australia?

Initially it was because we were blown away by the value for money that you could get with wine from Mendoza. But eventually we fell in love with the country, the people, the culture, the beef… and the Malbec.

What has been your most Argentine experience in Mendoza?

A toss-up between a family dinner that ended at 4:30am, and shopping for a barbecue and being told that we’d need to cater 750 grams of meat per person.

Malbec is wine with altitude. Discuss:

Yes, higher equals more UV light and more colour and aroma and silkier tannins. But it’s not just “the higher is better” it is that there are so many different combinations of altitude and longitude which creates potential for so many different expressions.

So, why Malbec?

When in Mendoza, what else are you going to do?! Plus, there is still SO much to explore with this variety in terms of production techniques, regions and styles. And it goes well with beef.

Can you remember your first time with it?

Honestly, not really. A bit like my other “first-time”…

Do you tango? Have you ever tried?

I have tried it, although I don’t think you could call what I was doing the Tango….

Finish this sentence: “Malbec makes me…”

….have purple teeth

What can we expect from you at Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day? 

We’ve made some special “Malbec merch” for the big day, plus we’ll be showing a range of Malbec that we produce and import from across Mendoza and Argentina. Wine that we think best represents the regions, the people and the place.

What do you drink when no one’s watching?

Ummmm, that’s an easy one: BEER!

MALBEC MAKERS: Sarah Crowe, Yarra Yering

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To say we’re a little excited to have team Yarra Yering with us this year is a gross understatement.

To have the the James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Wine Maker of the Year as well, we may just explode empanada all over the place.

Yep, you read right, Yarra Yering will be with us (in both cities) for Malbec day and we cannot wait to try their new release, straight Malbec.

We had a quick catch up with Sarah to talk all things Malbec, tango and more.

Tell us your story!

I grew up on the NSW South Coast, Wollongong. A million miles from the nearest Malbec vine, or even a bottle probably.

My first profession was in Horticulture and from there it was a short leap of faith into Viticulture in the Hunter Valley. Still no Malbec in sight though. After 12 years in the Hunter Valley I moved to Victoria for the winemaking position at Yarra Yering. A dream job of the likes which is rarely advertised. I tell everyone I moved here to make Shiraz but finally I had some Malbec to play with!

Have you ever been to South America?

Nope. Would love to visit one day!

Why Malbec?

Originally planted here in 1969 as a blending component in our Bordeaux blend: Dry Red Wine No1. The first Yarra Yering straight Malbec was bottled in 1978 by Dr Carrodus. Since then, only in the years where the balance and ripeness are perfect, do we produce a straight bottling. The warmth leading into the 2016 harvest was perfect, ample ripeness shows in the signature inky colour and robust tannins.

Can you remember your ‘first time’? With Malbec that is!

I’m not one to tell tales.

Do you tango?

Never, but am willing to give it my all!

(Note: We now see this as a challenge so be sure to ask her for a dance on the day!)

Finish this sentence; ‘Malbec makes me …’

giggle

What can we expect from you on the day?

Bad tango, good vino

What do you drink when no one’s watching?

Herbal tea

MALBEC CONFESSIONS: Lucia Galdona, UnTapped Fine Wines

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Welcome to the MALBEC CONFESSIONS where we catch up and talk to ‘those in the know’ about all things Malbec and more.

To kick us off, we catch up with the wonderful Lucia Galdona from UnTapped Fine Wines. Originally from Uruguay, she now calls Australia home and heads up all things wine for this awesome wine import company.

Her intimate local knowledge of South America, wine, food and (let’s face it!), South American charm, is simply amazing. And…can make a crochet empanada hat look cool too!

We highly recommend making a beeline to the UnTapped Fine Wine stand on the day. Rumour has it they’ll have over 20 different Malbec’s on tasting so yes, you’ll get to know the variety in all of it’s forms.

OLÉ!

Tell us your story!

Hailing from Uruguay, also a South American wine producing country between Argentina and Brazil. A place in the world were we drink a LOT of wine and a lot of MALBEC! Joined the Untapped Fine Wines team in 2011 and moved to Australia 2 years ago to share my passion about South American and Spanish wines.

Coming from South America, is there one thing you miss over here?

Dulce de leche and a good barbecue!

Why Malbec?

Why not? Did you try it? It is just amazing!!!!!

Can you remember your ‘first time’? With Malbec that is!

At a family wedding… we stole a bottle with my cousins when family was distracted and we struggled to open it… we did not know how to uncork the bottle and we had to ask for help! Our older cousins opened it and we drank it out of the bottle… Thought it was great, but I can´t remember what happened later… We did get in trouble the next day!

Do you tango?

Love to tango but I am terrible at it! Went to a few classes in Melbourne when I moved to Australia as I was missing the music and thought it would be good to not lose that connection… Need to get better though!

Finish this sentence; ‘Malbec makes me …’

Want to go swimming in the ocean in the middle of the night.

What can we expect from you on the day?

Definitely a good smile as I will have a glass of Malbec in my hand…

What do you drink when no one’s watching?

Maté (A south American drink)… if I do it in a public space, people think I am getting high with a weird drug that tastes funny.

Malbec Making Legends: Untapped Fine Wines

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Untapped Fine Wines
are the legends behind Australia’s leading source for estate-bottled wines from South America and Spain.

Their focus is on family-run, artisanal wineries whose passion and love for winemaking is revealed in the quality and taste of their wines.

They’ve got of 400 wines from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Spain.

They’re Australia’s South American and Spanish wine specialist, they also reckon they’ve got more wines than you can taste.
There’s a challenge if we ever heard one!

 

Meet Malbec Making Legends: Untapped Fine Wines

Why Malbec?

Argentina is the land of tango, soccer, passion, asado (BBQ), empanadas, friendship, stunning natural beauty and wine. Add a splash of elegance and you can smell and taste culture in a glass of Malbec!

If were all to make a trip to Argentina, we would head straight to…

Wineries of course! Not only do you get to sample unbelievable wines, most often it is accompanied by knock-out food and ALWAYS spectacular backdrops and scenery.

If not me, try…

We’ve got more variety on the tables than you may have time to try.
Mostly reds but don’t miss the chance to try some sparkling Malbec, some rosado examples and some killer blends.

Aside from steak, what would you cook to go with Malbec?

Anything that you can chuck on an asado (BBQ) os going to be heavenly but don’t overlook a hearty stew or some empanadas straight from the oven.

Where do you go for the most authentic Argentinean experience in Melbourne?

We are privileged to work alongside the great and good of Australia’s restaurants. It just wouldn’t be right to single out just one so we’re taking the fifth and suggesting you try a snack with El Alamo’s famous empanadas instead.

What do you drink when no one is watching?

Everything!

Get to know Untapped Wines before our Malbec fiesta:
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