Wine Filter: Argentina

Graffigna Centenario Malbec – £10.99

Grill a steak, roast an aubergine, barbecue some lamb… and then relax with this wine’s lush plum fruit, soft vanilla and bright spice. A smooth red to luxuriate in and explore its complex aromas.

Susana Balbo Nosotros Malbec

A strong contender for the “wine of the series”. This is where Malbec becomes voluptuous, rich, full-bodied and luxurious. It’s unashamedly the finest of Susana’s work – the “selection of selections” and deserves the finest meats, cooked immaculately or simply done, beautiful rich vegetable flavours. Toast, liquorice, Crème de Mure, currants and plum with a seam of graphite running through it like a pencil.

Catena Malbec

If they did ISO standards for grape varieties, Catena would be chosen for Malbec. This is what Malbec taste like. Intense and dark to look at, bright and bouncy to taste. Lots of plums and violet and a dark berry and cocoa flavour. Despite its reputation as a steak wine (it’s glorious by the way) the supple tannins are surprisingly versatile. Let that lithe mouthfeel play with spaghetti bolognese or sausages.

Zuccardi Brothers, Q Tempranillo

Lush, supple and always cheerful, Tempranillo is a grape to put a smile on your face. In Argentina is a grape that’s moved up into the premier league in the last decade, thanks largely to Jose Alberto Zuccardi and his adventurous love of different grapes. It sits between the rich flavour of Cabernet Sauvignon and bright character of Pinot Noir so match it with mid-weight, easy-going flavours.

Colome Torrontes 2015

Located in the far north of Argentina, Salta is home to some of the world’s most extreme vineyards, taht sit at both lower and higher altitudes than anywhere else in the world.

Torrontes is the signature white wine of Argentina. Torrontes grapes typically produce a light, refreshing white wine with jasmine and orange blossom tones.

Colome Torrontes is a very pale bright yellow. It’s pure and delicate with hints of rose petal and dusty brown spices. This is a great example of a serious yet seductive Torronte!

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far, Bonarda, Matias Riccitelli 2014

The son of renowned winemaker Jorge Riccitelli, Matia Riccitelli has used his experience and passion passed down from his father to set up his own winery. His vineyard covers 20 hectares and is located in the premium growing region of Lujan deCuyo, Mendoza.

Deep purple in colour, with beautiful aromas of wild dark fruits, vanilla and chocolate in the nose. This is a complex and rich wine with smooth ripe tannins and a long finish. Best served with grilled meats, pastas and soft cheeses.

Septima Malbec 2014

Sometimes it’s good to go unashamedly for the acme, the classic, the classic example of the style. This is a plush, ripe, currant and vanilla-scented Argentine Malbec made for juicy steaks and… juicy steaks. They say Argentines eat their average body-weight in meat each year, mostly steak. And this is what they drink while they do it. Go Gaucho. Go Malbec.

Septima Gran Reserva 2012

Wine from the mile-high club. The vineyards here are over 1500m up in the Andes and that gives the wine its perfume and also (curiously) its colour. Each day is hot to ripen the fruit, each night cold to keep zip and tang and darken the skins. Malbec dominates which is why it’s so good with steak, but there’s Cabernet and Tannat for complexity and nuance, giving more herbal aromas and muscular structure.