It’s safe to say that Clos du Soleil is having a Malbec moment…
1. Malbec grapes make up the largest block of our newly acquired vineyard – La Côte.
2. Malbec plays a role in our Bordeaux blends.
3. The current 2018 vintage of Clos du Soleil Rosé (now sold out) is made using 100% Malbec grapes. And, biggest news of all…
4. We have released a very special, small-lot, wine club members only, Malbec-dominant blend called Clos du Soleil Winemaker’s Series 2017 Expression. This red blend is made up of 63% Malbec, with the balance being Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
What’s the big deal with Malbec, and why does this once-considered-lowly grape get wine-lovers so excited? Here are a few facts which may help answer this, but the main reason is that, as with any wine, in the right hands it produces truly delicious wines.
- Say ‘Malbec’ and most people think of Argentina, but this grape variety’s origins actually lie in southwest France, where it is also known as Côt.
- An inky black grape, it is one of the varieties allowed in a Bordeaux red blend.
- Malbec wines are ridiculously good-looking, and quite distinctive, thanks to an almost opaque deep purple-red hue, and sometimes featuring a magenta rim.
- Malbec wines are delicious, displaying floral aromatic notes as well as aromas and flavours of black pepper, dense, plump dark fruits and berries, as well as notes of chocolate.
- Malbec is a wine which is bold and rich, velvety and luxuriously juicy, yet balanced with acidity and softer tannins.
Mouth watering yet? Keen to have your own Malbec moment – and drink it? Join our wine club to ensure you get a taste of the Clos du Soleil version.