PEOPLE’S CHOICE: WINE 2017

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Wow, people. Just wow.

Over 1400 people, 2500+ empanadas, 90+ Malbec … and let’s not forget the tango dancers. This truly was Australia’s BEST Malbec event, and we have you to thank for it. So, THANK YOU!

Thanks also to the Argentinean Embassy for coming down and spreading the Malbec love.

You may remember that on the day we asked you to vote for your favourite producer on the day and below is the results of both the overall votes and individual cities.

But at the end of the Tango, there can only be one winner and, for the second year in a row, the title goes to JED WINES!

BRAVO!

NATIONAL Top 10
  1. JED
  2. Yarra Yering
  3. Aluvion
  4. Man o War
  5. Terrazas de Los Andes
  6. Catena Zapata
  7. Taylor Made
  8. Bremerton
  9. Acordeón
  10. Mendel

SYDNEY TOP 5
  1. JED
  2. Aluvion
  3. Tied between – Yarra Yering, Taylors & Man o’War
  4. Bremerton
  5. Terrazas
MELBOURNE TOP 5
  1. Yarra Yering
  2. JED
  3. ReWine
  4. Terrazas de Los Andes
  5. Catena Zapata

MELBOURNE – Your Malbec Wine List is here!

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So here you go. Your Malbec Wine List for Gauchito Gil’ Malbec Day and boy, it’s a doozy. In fact, just under 90 different Malbec’s will be on tasting.

So the question is now, where do you start?

Regardless of your wine knowledge, navigating your way around 90 odd wines at any event can be a little daunting so here are a few tips to help you navigate your way through the day.

Malbec is Wine with Altitude.

Think of the variety the same way as you would with Australian Shiraz. We grow it virtually everywhere here but as we all know well, the variations are endless with where it’s grown playing a vital role as to subsequent style. Warmer regions (like Barossa for example) can often produce bigger, richer styles of shiraz. Cooler regions, like the Yarra Valley, are often more in the medium bodied spectrum and generally show a little more spice.

Same ideas can be applied to Malbec. The lower the altitude, the warmer it gets hence a more fuller flavoured style. The higher the altitude, the cooler it gets so you tend to see more floral and perfumed examples.

Make sense?

All in all, you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger range and broader selection of Malbec anywhere and we can’t wait to see which is your favourite producer on the day!

OLÉ!


ARGENTINA

Untapped Fine Wines
Achaval Ferrer Malbec Mendoza 2014
Achaval Ferrer Quimera Blend 2009
Caelum Malbec 2013
El Porvenir Amauta I Inspiración Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2011
El Porvenir Laborum Single Vineyard Malbec 2007
Enrique Foster Venetia Sparkling Blanc de Noir Malbec NV
Enrique Foster IQUE Malbec 2016
Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2012
Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Malbec 2016
Mauricio Lorca Opalo Malbec 2012
Mendel Lunta Malbec 2014
Mendel Unus Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Mendel Finca Remota Malbec 2009
Mi Terruño Uvas Malbec Rosé 2016
Mi Terruño Uvas Malbec 2015
Mi Terruño Expresión Malbec 2014
Mi Terruño Reserva Malbec 2014
Mi Terruño Mayacaba Malbec 2009
O. Fournier Alfa Crux Blend 2004
Maquis Malbec Rosé 2014
Maquis Malbec 2012
Tamaya Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah (1500ml) 2012

Jed Wines
Jed Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2014.
Jed Limited Release Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2013.
La Posta “Paulucci” Malbec, Lujan De Cuyo, Mendoza 2015.
Bodega Noemia “A Lisa” Malbec, Patagonia 2015.
Bodega Colome “Estate” Malbec, Salta 2014.
Bodega Colome “A

Artisan Malbec Club
Finca Agostino Malbec
Bressia Monteagrelo Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Grand Selection
Mythic Estate Malbec
Viniterra Select Malbec
Serie Terra Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Reserve Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Sol Fa Sol Malbec
Luigi Bosca Malbec

Bodega Catena Zapata
Alamos Malbec 2015
Tilia Malbec 2015
Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2014
Catena Alta Malbec 2013

Red Wax Wines
Vina Las Perdices, Malbec Rose 2015
Mevi Bodega Boutique, ‘San Gimignano’ Malbec 2015
Vina Las Perdices, Malbec 2015
Familia Blanco ‘Mairena’ Malbec 2013
Mevi Bodega Boutique, ‘San Gimignano’ Malbec RSV 2012
CarinaE, ‘Finca Deneza’, Single Vineyard Malbec 2014
CarinaE, ‘Hommage’, Malbec Gran RSV 2010

Winetraveller
Acordeón Malbec Mendoza 2015

Argento
Argento Classic Malbec 2015
Esquinas Malbec 2014
Argento Reserva Malbec 2014

red+white
Fat Bastard Malbec Mendoza 2016

United Cellars
Bodegas Salentein ‘Paso’ Selected Red 2015
Bodegas Salentein Portillo Malbec 2015
Finca Flichman ‘Gestos’ Malbec 2014
Finca Flichman ‘Expressiones’, 2014
Trumpeter Malbec 2014
Rutini Encuentro 2014
San Felipe Roble Malbec 2015
Perez Cruz COT 2013

Terrazas de los Andes
Terrazas Reserva Malbec 2015
Terrazas Single Vineyard Malbec 2011

 

AUSTRALIA

Yarra Yering – Yarra Valley
Yarra Yering Malbec 2016
Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec 2015

red+white
Brothers in Arms Side by Side Malbec Langhorne Creek 2013
La La Land Malbec Murray Darling 2015
Cullen Mangan Vineyard Malbec Preservative Free 2016

Bremerton – Langhorn Creek
Bremerton Special Release Malbec 2015

Jones Winery – Rutherglen
Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec 2015
Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec 2013
Jones Winery Rosé 2016

Taylor Made by Taylors Wines
Taylor Made Clare Valley Malbec 2015

ReWine – Heathcote
ReWine Malbec

Brown Brothers – Heathcote
Brown Brothers Vintage Release Malbec 2015

 

NEW ZEALAND

Man O’ War Vineyards – Waihiki Island
‘Pinque’ Rosé 2016
‘Death Valley’ Malbec 2014
‘Warspite’ 2013
‘Gravestone’ 2013
‘Valhalla’ 2016

FRANCE

La Mosaique – Cahors
Chateau Combel la Serre AOC Cahors Malbec 2012
Chateau Combel la Serre Pur Fruit AOC Cahors Malbec 2014
Domaine Saint Etienne Rouge Barrique AOC Quercy 2012
Domaine Saint Etienne Rouge AOC Quercy 2015

Mas del Périé | Fabien Jouves – Cahors
Fabien Jouves ‘Haute Cot(e) de Fruite’ Cahors 2015
Mas del Périé ‘La Roque’ Cahors 2015
Mas del Périé ‘Amphore’ Cahors 2014

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SYDNEY – Behold your Malbec Wine List!

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So here you go. Your Malbec Wine List for Gauchito Gil’ Malbec Day and boy, it’s a doozy. So the question is now, where do you start.

Regardless of your wine knowledge, navigating your way around 90 odd wines at any event can be a little daunting so here are a few tips to help you navigate your way through the day.

Malbec is Wine with Altitude.

Think of the variety the same way as you would with Australian Shiraz. We grow it virtually everywhere here but as we all know well, the variations are endless with where it’s grown playing a vital role as to subsequent style. Warmer regions (like Barossa for example) can often produce bigger, richer styles of shiraz. Cooler regions, like the Yarra Valley, are often more in the medium bodied spectrum and generally show a little more spice.

Same ideas can be applied to Malbec. The lower the altitude, the warmer it gets hence a more fuller flavoured style. The higher the altitude, the cooler it gets so you tend to see more floral and perfumed examples.

Make sense?

All in all, you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger range and broader selection of Malbec anywhere and we can’t wait to see which is your favourite producer on the day!

OLÉ!

ARGENTINA

Untapped Fine Wines
Achaval Ferrer Malbec Mendoza 2014
Achaval Ferrer Quimera Blend 2009
Caelum Malbec 2013
El Porvenir Amauta I Inspiración Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2011
El Porvenir Laborum Single Vineyard Malbec 2007
Enrique Foster Venetia Sparkling Blanc de Noir Malbec NV
Enrique Foster IQUE Malbec 2016
Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec 2012
Mauricio Lorca Fantasia Malbec 2016
Mauricio Lorca Opalo Malbec 2012
Mendel Lunta Malbec 2014
Mendel Unus Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Mendel Finca Remota Malbec 2009
Mi Terruño Uvas Malbec Rosé 2016
Mi Terruño Uvas Malbec 2015
Mi Terruño Expresión Malbec 2014
Mi Terruño Reserva Malbec 2014
Mi Terruño Mayacaba Malbec 2009
O. Fournier Alfa Crux Blend 2004
Maquis Malbec Rosé 2014
Maquis Malbec 2012
Tamaya Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah (1500ml) 2012

Jed Wines
Jed Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2014.
Jed Limited Release Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2013.
La Posta “Paulucci” Malbec, Lujan De Cuyo, Mendoza 2015.
Bodega Noemia “A Lisa” Malbec, Patagonia 2015.
Bodega Colome “Estate” Malbec, Salta 2014.
Bodega Colome “A

Artisan Malbec Club
Finca Agostino Malbec
Bressia Monteagrelo Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Grand Selection
Mythic Estate Malbec
Viniterra Select Malbec
Serie Terra Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Reserve Malbec
Marcelo Pelleriti Sol Fa Sol Malbec
Luigi Bosca Malbec

Bodega Catena Zapata
Alamos Malbec 2015
Tilia Malbec 2015
Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2014
Catena Alta Malbec 2013

Red Wax Wines
Vina Las Perdices, Malbec Rose 2015
Mevi Bodega Boutique, ‘San Gimignano’ Malbec 2015
Vina Las Perdices, Malbec 2015
Familia Blanco ‘Mairena’ Malbec 2013
Mevi Bodega Boutique, ‘San Gimignano’ Malbec RSV 2012
CarinaE, ‘Finca Deneza’, Single Vineyard Malbec 2014
CarinaE, ‘Hommage’, Malbec Gran RSV 2010

Winetraveller
Acordeón Malbec Mendoza 2015

Argento
Argento Classic Malbec 2015
Esquinas Malbec 2014
Argento Reserva Malbec 2014

red+white
Fat Bastard Malbec Mendoza 2016

Aluvión Vineyards
Aluvión Vineyards Malbec Reserva “Cooper’s Pick” 2011
Aluvión Vineyards Malbec Reserva 2012

United Cellars
Bodegas Salentein ‘Paso’ Selected Red 2015
Bodegas Salentein Portillo Malbec 2015
Finca Flichman ‘Gestos’ Malbec 2014
Finca Flichman ‘Expressiones’, 2014
Trumpeter Malbec 2014
Rutini Encuentro 2014
San Felipe Roble Malbec 2015
Perez Cruz COT 2013

Terrazas de los Andes
Terrazas Reserva Malbec 2015
Terrazas Single Vineyard Malbec 2011

Exclusive Vines
Tomero Malbec 2015
Serbal Malbec 2015
Catalpa Malbec 2014
Vistalba B 2014
Arturo Malbec 2013
Arido Malbec 2014
Altamira Navigato Family Selection 2009

 

AUSTRALIA

Yarra Yering – Yarra Valley
Yarra Yering Malbec 2016
Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec 2015

red+white
Brothers in Arms Side by Side Malbec Langhorne Creek 2013
La La Land Malbec Murray Darling 2015
Cullen Mangan Vineyard Malbec Preservative Free 2016

Bremerton – Langhorn Creek
Bremerton Special Release Malbec 2015

Jones Winery – Rutherglen
Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec 2015
Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec 2013
Jones Winery Rosé 2016

Taylor Made by Taylors Wines
Taylor Made Clare Valley Malbec 2015

 

NEW ZEALAND

Man O’ War Vineyards – Waihiki Island
‘Pinque’ Rosé 2016
‘Death Valley’ Malbec 2014
‘Warspite’ 2013
‘Gravestone’ 2013
‘Valhalla’ 2016

 

FRANCE

La Mosaique – Cahors
Chateau Combel la Serre AOC Cahors Malbec 2012
Chateau Combel la Serre Pur Fruit AOC Cahors Malbec 2014
Domaine Saint Etienne Rouge Barrique AOC Quercy 2012
Domaine Saint Etienne Rouge AOC Quercy 2015

Mas del Périé | Fabien Jouves – Cahors
Fabien Jouves ‘Haute Cot(e) de Fruite’ Cahors 2015
Mas del Périé ‘La Roque’ Cahors 2015
Mas del Périé ‘Amphore’ Cahors 2014

 

Golden Empanada Judge: Sofia Levin

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Sofia Levin doesn’t discriminate when it comes to food. She considers hole-in-the-wall bánh mì joints as worthy of her stomach space as three-hat restaurants, and judging by her Instagram feed, spends a proportionate amount of time at both.

She’s made eating her profession, working as Food Editor at the Weekly Review, and columnist at Good Food. She’s also director of her own copywriting business, Word Salad, and manager to her Insta-famous pup, @lifeofjinkee.

With her iron wit and stomach, she was an obvious choice to be one of our GOLDEN EMPANADA judges.

Meet Sofia Levin:

Tell us about your experience with Malbec

Malbec makes me tango.

I would do anything for Malbec, but I won’t do…

…the worm. Unless I’ve had a few bottles. Yes, I can do the worm.
(You guys ply her with Malbec, we’ll grab the camera)

I’m all for judging food. The only thing I’m not willing to put in my mouth is…

I draw the line at cyanide. Unless it’s seasoned with some form of flavoured salt.

Aside from steak, what would you cook to go with Malbec?

I like the idea of knuckling down to watch six episodes of House of Cards in a row with a bottle of Malbec and a solid homemade spag bol and my puppy, @LifeOfJinkee (go on, take a look).

Where do you go for the most authentic Argentinean experience in Melbourne?

Mi Peru D’Carmen in Parkdale. It’s as unassuming as it is delicious, the waitstaff are so smiley it hurts your heart and they do a mean ceviche ‘mixto’ on a fish-shaped plate — it’s incredibly fresh and super tangy.

Where do you go for the most authentic Argentinean experience in Sydney?

I don’t know Sydney as well as Melbourne, but Porteño comes to mind.

What do you drink when no one is watching?

Water, the non-alcoholic kind.

Follow Sofia’s food and travel adventures:
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MALBEC MAKERS: Daniela Penno, Artisan Malbec

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More MALBEC MAKERS but we prefer to call it Malbec Confessions!

Here we catch up with Daniela Penno from ARTISAN MALBEC who be showing you a proverbial BUCKET load of brilliant Malbec from Argentina.

She’s 100% Argentinean so we will be calling her in for the empanada judging we’re sure!

Tell us your story!

Authentic from Argentina, I was born in Santa Fe, the place to eat the best asados (Argentine BBQs) in the country. Working to promote Malbec during the last 10 years in Australia I decided to create together with my partner Germán, Artisan Malbec, an exclusive wine club dedicated to Malbec lovers. We are dedicated to bringing the Malbec of the world to the ever-growing number of Australians who have embarked on a love affair
with this remarkable grape.

Why Malbec?

Malbec is a way of life for me. This wine has played an incredibly important role in so many vital occasions – it has been there for countless special moments with family and friends, it was there to toast our decision to migrate to Australia and it’s been part of our work and exciting business challenges for many years.

What has been your most ‘classic’ Argentine experience?

A classic Argentine experience is that moment with a group of friends, many people talking at the same time, loud music, some empanadas to start, fire, smoke flavours and a fantastic piece of meat, all of this matched by a glass of a good Malbec. This is the way we party in Argentina, it’s all about sharing, dancing, getting together and celebrate food and wine.

Malbec is wine with Altitude. Discuss.

One key fact illustrates this: in only the last 10 years, some 15,000 hectares of Malbec have been planted above 1,000m and some as high as 3,000m. Some of Argentina’s best Malbecs are now coming from high altitude vineyards With the current yields for quality wines, the numbers are easy to see: some 100 million bottles whose spirit is marked by the coolness and freshness of altitude, offer the consumer a lively Malbec, full of fresh fruit and juiciness.

Can you remember your ‘first time’ with it?

Honestly, I don’t remember the first time I tasted Malbec, maybe my grandma shared with me a sip during a family Sunday lunch while she was cooking her famous Italian spaghetti.

But I do remember the first time I said, “I want Malbec to be part of my life and get Aussies to know this variety”, and that moment was watching a fantastic sunset in Gualtallary, overlooking the Andes, at one of the most beautiful lounge hotels in the area, with my lovely husband, while drinking a perfect 2008 Malbec from the region.

Do you tango? Have you ever tried?

I used to, many years ago when I was the presenter of some tango shows in Argentina, but I don’t practice anymore.

What can we expect from you on the day?

We will be presenting our portfolio of boutique wineries and exclusive malbecs featured or to be featured on our wine club. Limited editions, wines from well-known winemakers in Argentina, top malbec blends and some traditional wines too. Whether you’re rediscovering this remarkable grape first produced in the South of France, or taking your initial sip of a varietal now thriving in vineyards around the world, each glass of Malbec will take you on a unique journey.

What do you drink when no one’s watching?

Japanese Whisky.

MALBEC MAKERS: Bradley Ross, Red Wax Wines

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More MALBEC MAKERS but we prefer to call it Malbec Confessions!

Here we catch up with Bradley Ross from RED WAX wines. He’s showcasing a bunch of awesome Malbecs on the day, so we thought we’d pin him down and extract some juicy insights about all things wine.

 

OLÉ!

Tell us your story!

The short version is that I was travelling through South America, got to Argentina and fell in love with Malbec. But the foundations were laid sometime before that. I was on the cusp of opening a bar in Perth, around the time of changes in small bar licensing laws in WA. I didn’t end up opening the bar, but the process taught me a bit about the liquor industry. Then I went travelling and ended up in Buenos Aires, bingeing on meat and Malbec. By chance, I happened to meet some key industry people while I was over there and it all came together from that. I now work with a local team in Perth, and we have built what we consider is the best portfolio of family-owned bodegas from Argentina. What started as an interest on a holiday in Argentina turned into a hobby, became a passion and is now an obsession.

Why Malbec?

Come to Gauchito Gil and find out!

Malbec is uniquely associated with Argentina and really evokes a sense of place. For the uninitiated, it appeals to the Australian palate because it is similar to the style of wine we grow – and drink – so well here, in particular Shiraz. It is generally fruit-driven with a bit of spice, without being overly tannic or acidic. It also has a romance about it that Argentina’s 200 plus years of winemaking history manages to bottle up and capture so well.

What has been your most ‘classic’ Argentine experience?

For me, it’s always about wine and food. Perhaps eating at a parilla while drinking Malbec.  A recent trip to Mendoza involving great food and wine with friends while overlooking the vines and the snow-capped Andes as a backdrop was pretty classic too.

Malbec is wine with Altitude. Discuss.

This is where the nerdy stuff comes out! Altitude is a winemaker’s friend.

Let’s start with the sun: The grape is closer to and gets more of the sun. This makes the skin thicker, which is where most of the flavour, colour and tannin come from.

The altitude also means that the air is purer and there is less humidity and a lower nighttime temperature.

Then the water: Uniquely, in Argentina (Mendoza specifically), the Andes block the clouds and rain from the Pacific Ocean and basically act to capture all this water for the winemaker to use.

Finally: The higher the vineyard, the lower the incidence of bugs and pests, which makes Malbec from Mendoza one of the most natural wine making processes in the world.

We like being high.

Can you remember your ‘first time’ with it?

I’d just arrived in Buenos Aires after the long haul from Perth and the first thing on my “to do” list was to try the winning combination of Argentinean meat and red wine I’d heard so much about. The restaurant closest to where I’d dropped off my bags was all dark wood and low lighting. I’ll never forget it. My first time!  I spent the rest of the week in Buenos Aires in a haze of Malbec.

Do you tango? Have you ever tried?

No. I tried and failed. Wish I could. I enjoy watching the passion of the dance.

What can we expect from you on the day?

A number of Malbecs from Mendoza which show a balance between the character of Argentine wine and the tastes of the Australian palate, so that we are able to provide Australian wine drinkers with an experience that is exotic yet accessible. The wineries we work with are mostly family-owned and show real passion from the cultivation of the grapes through to the production of the wine, with the result being unmistakable quality.  I’ve worked with these particular vineyards for many years and the wines really speak for themselves.

Finish this sentence .. ‘Malbec makes me …’

…justify my life choices.

What do you drink when no one’s watching?

Whisky.

WE’RE BACK, MALBEC!

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HOLA!

That’s right, amigos, Gauchito Gil’s Malbec World Day is back for another year.

Gil has been busy scouring the globe for the finest, purest, most delicious Malbec he can find, and he’s bringing it all to you late April.

Here’s how the party will unfold:

SYDNEY

Rock up to Cell Block Theatre from 1pm on Saturday April 22nd. We’ll give you an epic Plumm wine glass (to keep, valued at over $30) which you’ll use to taste and drink over 60 different Malbecs.

Porteno will be there frying empanadas, and Alfamores selling alfajores stuffed with dulce de leche. There will also be Argentinian beers, and, of course, lots and lots of tango.

MELBOURNE

Head over to Meat Market from 1pm on Sunday April 23rd. Collect your glass, then drink and dance. We’ve got Rockwell and Sons, Chicken-Helados-Empanadas, San Telmo, The Mill House, and Gertrude Street Enoteca on food, and because we love competition as much as you love pastry-wrapped meat, you’ll get to vote for your favourite empanada.

We’ve also got a team of professionals (food critics and editors from Good Food, delicious., Broadsheet, The Weekly Review, and more) ready to award the Golden Empanada trophy to their favourite, too.

A fun, full day of eating, drinking and dancing. Tango dress optional.

See you at the bar!

PS. Did we mention the Argentine Ambassador is coming???
P.P.S. Yes, the Crochet Empanada will be back as well!

MALBEC MAKERS: Sarah Crowe, Yarra Yering

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To say we’re a little excited to have team Yarra Yering with us this year is a gross understatement.

To have the the James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Wine Maker of the Year as well, we may just explode empanada all over the place.

Yep, you read right, Yarra Yering will be with us (in both cities) for Malbec day and we cannot wait to try their new release, straight Malbec.

We had a quick catch up with Sarah to talk all things Malbec, tango and more.

Tell us your story!

I grew up on the NSW South Coast, Wollongong. A million miles from the nearest Malbec vine, or even a bottle probably.

My first profession was in Horticulture and from there it was a short leap of faith into Viticulture in the Hunter Valley. Still no Malbec in sight though. After 12 years in the Hunter Valley I moved to Victoria for the winemaking position at Yarra Yering. A dream job of the likes which is rarely advertised. I tell everyone I moved here to make Shiraz but finally I had some Malbec to play with!

Have you ever been to South America?

Nope. Would love to visit one day!

Why Malbec?

Originally planted here in 1969 as a blending component in our Bordeaux blend: Dry Red Wine No1. The first Yarra Yering straight Malbec was bottled in 1978 by Dr Carrodus. Since then, only in the years where the balance and ripeness are perfect, do we produce a straight bottling. The warmth leading into the 2016 harvest was perfect, ample ripeness shows in the signature inky colour and robust tannins.

Can you remember your ‘first time’? With Malbec that is!

I’m not one to tell tales.

Do you tango?

Never, but am willing to give it my all!

(Note: We now see this as a challenge so be sure to ask her for a dance on the day!)

Finish this sentence; ‘Malbec makes me …’

giggle

What can we expect from you on the day?

Bad tango, good vino

What do you drink when no one’s watching?

Herbal tea

MALBEC CONFESSIONS: Lucia Galdona, UnTapped Fine Wines

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Welcome to the MALBEC CONFESSIONS where we catch up and talk to ‘those in the know’ about all things Malbec and more.

To kick us off, we catch up with the wonderful Lucia Galdona from UnTapped Fine Wines. Originally from Uruguay, she now calls Australia home.

Her intimate local knowledge of South America, wine, food and (let’s face it!), South American charm, is simply amazing. And… she can make a crochet empanada hat look cool, too.

We highly recommend making a beeline to the UnTapped Fine Wine stand on the day. Rumour has it they’ll have over 20 different Malbecs on tasting so you’ll get to know the variety in all of its forms.

OLÉ!

Tell us your story!

I hail from Uruguay, a South American wine-producing country between Argentina and Brazil. A place where we drink a LOT of wine and a lot of MALBEC! I joined the Untapped Fine Wines team in 2011 and moved to Australia three years ago to share my passion about South American and Spanish wines.

Coming from South America, is there one thing you miss over here?

Dulce de leche and a good barbecue!

Why Malbec?

Why not? Have you tried it? It is just amazing!

Can you remember your ‘first time’? With Malbec that is!

At a family wedding, I stole a bottle with my cousins when our family was distracted and we struggled to open it – we did not know how to uncork the bottle and we had to ask for help! Our older cousins opened it and we drank it out of the bottle. I thought it was great, but I can’t remember what happened later that night… We did get in trouble the next day!

Do you tango?

I love to tango but I am terrible at it! I went to a few classes in Melbourne when I moved to Australia as I was missing the music and thought it would be good to not lose that connection… I need to get better at it, though!

Finish this sentence; ‘Malbec makes me …’

Want to go swimming in the ocean in the middle of the night.

What can we expect from you on the day?

Definitely a big smile as I will have a glass of Malbec in my hand…

What do you drink when no one’s watching?

Maté (A south American drink)… if I do it in a public space, people think I am getting high with a weird drug that tastes funny.

SYDNEY: THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE

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Wow. Sydney, you guys know how to Malbec. Gauchito’s first visit to the city was an epic sellout. Who doesn’t love a sellout?

Was your face snapped by our sneaky photographer? Or just want to see what it was all about? Photos of the action are here for all your FOMO needs, and if you still need more, check out the crochet empanada escapades. Cripes you’re a good looking bunch, Sydney.

You, the people, have the final word on wine. You came. You tasted. You voted.
Said votes have been counted, and the winners of the PEOPLE’S CHOICE are….

THE MALBECS

1) Jed Limited Release Malbec 2013
2) Mairena Malbec 2013
3) Matchbox Wine Co. Malbec Joven 2014
4) Catena Malbec 2013
5) Vistalba Corte B 2012

The winner of the epic Plumm Flinders Decanter is the lucky KATE BROMLEY!

Gauchito says GRACIAS, SEE YA NEXT YEAR AMIGOS!

(If you can’t wait until next year, why not try the other red grapes at GAME OF RHONES)

Tom Egan, JED Wines