15 Mar Malbec Revival in Chile
Whilst some might say Chile is not known for producing premium wines using the Malbec grape, there are projects underway that aim to change this perception.
In late 2011, unidentified grapes were found growing among the native Pais grapes in the Bio Bio region in Chile – one of the southern most winegrowing regions. Testing uncovered the fact that these were indeed Malbec vines with an age of more than 140 years. Since then, a collaborative project between the Chilean government and a small number of local winemakers was started to aid the production of Malbec from these ancient vines.
This 2016 Tinto de Rulo Malbec is a superb example of a wine produced in the region described above. Hand-picked grapes farmed sustainably undergo a natural ferment and bottled with no filtration. This means that the juice is an excellent expression of the land on which the vines were grown. The region has a cooler climate and higher rainfall compared to other areas of Chile meaning this is a more delicate and savoury expression of Malbec.
Pair this with our Wagyu Beef Rump. Premium beef with a marble score of 6+ served with pickled onions, pine nuts and pumpkin puree – a rich and flavoursome end to the meal.
Not only is this wine fucking delicious, it looks good on the table. Label art by Santiago-based artist José Luis Gacitúa (gaci.art)