Published 23 December 2011
Although my Twitter name was devised from 100% double-entendre (see @bigpinots), I have gradually come to the decision that I am quite a fan of Pinot Noir. Not over-jammy hot climate versions at 15% , but subtle Burgundy-style wines. So, it is not a total shock that I’ve also got quite a taste for Malbec. Although completely separate grapes, as Hugh Johnson says, “the flavours of Malbec are not so far away, and the structure is similar, too: acidity, firmness, some silky flesh.”
However, on the whole, I’ve found Malbec to be more fuller-bodied than Burgundy, which is why many put it as a perfect match to steak. [ed. See “Food and wine matching? What a load of rubbish!”] for a further discussion on this]. This is also the reason that quite a few people might not like Malbec: it’s not for the faint-hearted.
And then there’s Septima. Going against my standard view of what a Malbec tastes like, this is subtle, almost Burgundian. Made from 100% Malbec, it is medium-bodied with a smooth acidity and round tannins. Aromas and flavours are of red fruit (raspberries, red cherries), with a hint of vanilla from the six months it spent in American oak. It is available at Wine Rack and Booths for around £7.65 and is well worth a try. It’s a great alternative match for that turkey.
- Septima Malbec (2010)
- Colour: Medium depth. Red.
- Nose: Youthful. Aromatic. Red fruit/raspberry, red cherry, hint of vanilla from oak
- Mouth: Medium-bodied. Smooth acidity. Medium, round, tannins. Good balance. Flavourful: red fruit, sour cherry, strawberry, black fruit, slightly smoky. Long length.