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Etchart Privado Malbec, Valle de Cafayate 2012

Etchart Privado Malbec, Valle de Cafayate 2012

A rich, yet beautifully soft and juicy example of what many regard as Argentina’s most successful red grape. This is an excellent example of the modern style of winemaking now increasingly common in Argentina. 
Valle de Cafayate
Etchart Privado
Drink now + 3 years
The Salta region of Argentina

Argentina’s most northerly winemaking outpost, Salta, boasts some of the highest vineyards in the world. The vineyards of the Calchaquí Valley, Salta’s most dominant sub-region, are also some of the most remote vineyards and can only be reached after several hours in the car from the nearest airport.

Salta is also a beautiful region, full of cactus plants and red rock. With its vineyards averaging in height at about 1,700m above sea level, the temperature can swing hugely from daytime heat to night time coolness, something which can extract the best flavour out of aromatic grape varieties.

The highest vineyard in the region was last recorded as being 3,111 metres above sea level, but there are constant challenges to such claims. Nevertheless, what is not in doubt is that Salta can produce some exquisite Torrontès, an aromatic grape variety which Argentina has taken under its wing with success.

A red grape variety that is planted widely across the world, its birthplace is said to be in the South of France but most recently it has risen to fame in Argentina where it is producing fruit-driven, ripe, juicy wines which are the thing to drink in the States.

This varietal has the potential to age when left to mature in oak, where the condensed black fruits so typical of this varietal meld with the sweet vanilla toastiness of the wood to produce some fantastic results.

Salads & Vegetables
A good tapas-style dish of chorizo and spicy sausages would work well here, and grilled chicken or beef salad would also be a winner.
Fish & Seafood 
This wine is generally too heavy for fish and seafood.
Pasta & Other Sauces
Best suited to cream based sauces like a good white or cheese sauce found in dishes such as lasagne and carbonara.
Best suited to rich flavoursome meats such as duck, goose and venison but would also work well with a roasted or grilled joint of beef or lamb.
Herbs & Spices
Best matched to black pepper, chives, cloves and coriander - big flavours! We would also recommend using sage, but very much in moderation.
Spicy Foods 
A great wine to have with anything with a kick to it, such as Mexican and Indian cuisine - it can handle the lot.
Delicious with creamy blue cheeses and mature Cheddar, it also works a treat with Parmesan! 
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