PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2018

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Every year, we ask you to vote for your favourite wine of the day in the People’s Choice competition. As both Melbourne and Sydney’s events were the largest we’ve seen in Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day’s history, there were a lot of votes, and competition was tougher than ever before.

We tallied results from each city as well as the overall result. Huge congratulations to Terrazas de los Andes, who won in both Melbourne and Sydney (and overall), and Jed who narrowly came in second place.

Thanks for voting!

SYDNEY

1) Terrazas de los Andes
2) Yarra Yering
3) Bleasdale
4) Jed Wines
5) Sally’s Paddock

MELBOURNE

1) Terrazas de los Andes
2) Jed Wines
3) RedWax Wines
4) Roseview Imports
5) UnTapped Fine Wines

NATIONAL

1. Terrazas de los Andes
2. Jed Wines
3. Yarra Yering
4. RedWax Wines
5. Bleasdale

Your MALBEC menu, Sydney!

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You’re here for the Malbec but that doesn’t mean you’re not here for the food. Presenting your Malbec Day 2018 menu, Sydney!

PORTENO

Grilled Chicken Sandwich $12
Cider braised Pork Chorizo with white bean and parsley $10

4MATES EMPANADAS

Empanadas – $6ea, $10 for two
Beef
Chicken
Ham & cheese
Spinach & cheese
Caprese empanda
Onion & cheese
Sweet corn ‘La Martita’

Calzone with mozzarella, tomato, roasted capsicum, olives $23

LA BASTIDE

Saucisson and cheese cones
Foie Gras
Terrine

ALFAMORES

Alfajores (Traditional, Cacao, Australis, Black Sesame, Espresso, Yerba Mate, Chai, Alfajor de Campo, Snow Alfajor) small $3, regular $4, XL $6
Dulce de leche $12
Black sesame crispbread $5
Wafer biscuits $2

Your 2018 Malbec List, Sydney!

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The speed at which tickets for 2018’s Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day sold out are proof that you are THIRSTY for Malbec, Sydney. So, without further ado, here’s what you’ll be drinking on the day.

On this list are wines from all over Australia, France and, of course, Argentina. And as your ticket gets you unlimited tastings, this is a great opportunity to really get to know this delicious grape.

Enjoy!

Taylors Wine (Clare Valley)

Taylor Made Clare Valley Malbec, 2016 $25

Terrazas de los Andes (Mendoza)

Terrazas Reserva Malbec, 2016 $30
Terrazas Single Vineyard Las Compuertas Malbec, 2011 $60

Jones Winery & Vineyard (Rutherglen)

Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec, 2016 $35
Jones Winery Rose, 2016 $22
CORRELL, $38

RedWax Wines (Importers, Argentina)

Viña Las Perdices Malbec Rose, 2015 $20
Barricas del Plata Malbec, 2016 $20
Viña Las Perdices Malbec, 2015 $18
Gauchezco Malbec, 2016 $20
Mairena Malbec, 2016 $25
CarinaE Prestige Malbec Blend, 2008 $50

The Wine Providore (Argentina)

Rio Mendoza Malbec, 2016 $22
Atlas Cumbres Malbec, 2015 $22
Lagarde Rose, 2017 $27.5
Lagarde Malbec, 2016 $27.5
Rio Mendoza Estate Malbec, 2016 $27.5

Artisan Malbec (Argentina)

Marcelo Pelleriti Reserve Malbec, 2014 $33
Petit Fluer Malbec, 2014 $42
Sol fa Sol Malbec, 2014 $25
Abremundos Octavia Bassa Malbec, 2014 $47
La Linda Sparkling Malbec, 2015 $28
Luigi Bosca Old Vines Malbec, 2014 $26
Luigi Bosca Los Miradores Malbec, 2014 $38
Bressia Monteagrelo Malbec, 2014 $47
Bressia Profundo Blend, 2012 $62
Mythic Vineyard Malbec, 2013 $39
Mythic Mountain Rose Malbec, 2016 $25
Sylvestra Unoaked Malbec, 2016 $35
Serie Terra Malbec, 2015 $24
Serie Terra Chardonnay, 2016 $23

Captains of Trade (Mendoza Argentina)

Tomero Malbec, 2016 $29
Catalpa Malbec, 2015 $40
Andes Reserve Malbec, 2010 $45
Arido Malbec, 2016 $26
Arturo Malbec, 2013 $30

Yarra Yering (Yarra Valley)

Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec, 2016 $105
Yarra Yering Malbec, 2016 $105

Untapped Fine Wines (Argentina)

Achaval Ferrer Malbec Mendoza, 2016 $70
Achaval Ferrer Quimera Blend, 2011 $145
Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec, 2011 $360
Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec, 2011 $360
Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec, 2011 $360
El Porvenir Amauta III Reflexión Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 $60
El Porvenir Laborum Single Vineyard Malbec, 2007 $97
El Porvenir Icono Red Blend, 2006 $145
Enrique Foster Malbec Rosé, 2017 $28
Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec, 2013 $70
Enrique Foster Ediction Limitada Malbec, 2007 $125
Enrique Foster Firmado Malbec, 2008 $250
Mendel Finca Remota Malbec, 2009 $290
Mi Terruńo Uvas Malbec, 2016 $24
Mi Terruńo Expresión Malbec, 2014 $32
Mi Terruńo Reserva Malbec, 2014 $41
Mi Terruńo Limited Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 $56
Mi Terruńo Mayacaba Malbec, 2010 $110
Fournier Alfa Crux Blend, 2005 $125
Fournier Alfa Crux Malbec, 2007 $153
Renacer Malbec, 2009 $220

Bleasdale Vineyards (Langhorne Creek)

2nd Innings Malbec, 2016 $20
Generations Malbec, 2015 $35
Islander Malbec, 2016 $35
Mullianna, 2016 $35
Riparian Malbec, 2016 $35

Cullen Wines (Margaret River)

Mangan Vineyard Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot, 2016 $35
Mangan Vineyard East Block Red, 2016 $45

Jed Wines

Alma Negra “Brut Nature” (Rose), Uco Valley, Mendoza, ARG $20
Luigi Bosca “La Linda” Malbec Rose, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, ARG (950m) 2016 $20
Noemia “A Lisa” Malbec, Rio Negro, Patagonia, ARG (550m) 2016 $55
Noemia “J Alberto” Malbec, Rio Negro, Patagonia, ARG (550m) 2016 $99
Luigi Bosca “La Linda” Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo & Maipu, Mendoza, ARG (950m) 2016 $20
Luigi Bosca “La Linda – Old Vine” Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo & Maipu, Mendoza, ARG (950m) 2016 $27
Alpamanta “Natal” Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo (Urgarteche), Mendoza, ARG (950m) 2016 $28
La Posta “Paulucci” Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo (Urgarteche), Mendoza, ARG (950m) 2016 $30
Escoirhuela “Candela” Malbec Blend, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, ARG (950m) 2016 $23
Jed Malbec, Uco Valley (La Consulta), Mendoza, ARG (1150m) 2015 $25
Jed “Limited Release” Malbec, Uco Valley (La Consulta), Mendoza, ARG (1150m) 2014 $35
Mil Piedras Malbec, Uco Valley (Vista Flores), Mendoza, ARG (1150m) 2016 $25
Ernesto Catena “Padrillos” Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, ARG (1150m) 2015 $26
SuperUco Calcereo “Culvio”, Uco Valley (Altamira), Mendoza, ARG (1150m) 2015 $60
SuperUco Calcereo “Rio de Chacayes”, Uco Valley (Chacayes), Mendoza, ARG (1300m) 2015 $60
SuperUco Calcereo “Granito”, Uco Valley (Gualtallary), Mendoza, ARG (1400m) 2015 $60
Ji Ji Ji Malbec/ Pinot Noir (Carbonic), Uco Valley (Tupungato), Mendoza, ARG  (1400m) 2017 $30
Esperando A Los Barbaros Malbec, Uco Valley (Tupungato), Mendoza, ARG  (1400m) 2017 $30
Colome “Estate” Malbec, Cafayate, Salta, ARG (2400m) 2015 $40
Colome “Autentico” Malbec, Cafayate, Salta, ARG (2700m) 2015 $75
Colome “Altura Maxima” Malbec, Cafayate, Salta, ARG (3100m) 2013 $195
Aller Trop Loin Malbec, Bendigo, VIC, AUS, 2016 $28
Marq Malbec, Margaret River. WA, AUS, 2016 $30

Wine Selectors (Various)

Ferngrove Sparkling Malbec, 2012
Ferngrove Black Label Malbec, 2016 $20
Hay Shed Hill Malbec, 2015 $30
Risky Business Malbec, 2015 $25
Tamburlaine Organic Wine Block 14 Malbec, 2015 $25
Swings & Roundabouts Novus Malbec, 2014 $30
Nannup Esate Rolling Hills Malbec, 2016 $35
McGuigan Cellar Select Malbec, 2015 $35
Erin Eyes “Shamrock” Malbec, 2015 $35
Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Malbec, 2014 $30

Zuccardi (Mendoza)

Macho Gaucho Malbec, 2016 $16.99
Zuccardi Serie A Malbec, 2016 $16.99
Zuccardi Q Malbec, 2015 $24.99
Zuccardi Zeta, 2012 $49.99
Zuccardi Concreto Malbec, 2016 $49.99

Sally’s Paddock (Pyrenees)

Sally’s Hill Malbec, 2016 $35
Sally’s Paddock, 2014 $95

Your 2018 Malbec List, Melbourne!

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Melbourne! May we present to you the biggest, longest, most fabulous Malbec list we’ve ever put together for 2018’s Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day!

On this list are wines from Australia, France and, of course, Argentina – over 90 of them all up. And, as you’ll get to try as many of them on event day as you like, this is your chance to really get to know this delicious grape.

See you at the bar.

Mosaique Wines (AOC Cahors and AOC Coteaux du Quercy)

Clos de Gamot, AOC Cahors, 2008 $50
Domaine Saint Etienne, AOC Coteaux du Quercy, Rouge Barrique 2012 $35
Domaine Saint Etienne, AOC Coteaux du Quercy, Rouge, 2015 $25
Chateau les Croisilles, Croizillon, AOC Cahors, 2016 $30
Chateau les Croisilles, Silice, AOC Cahors, 2015 $40

Terrazas de los Andes (Mendoza)

Terrazas Reserva Malbec, 2016 $30
Terrazas Single Vineyard Las Compuertas Malbec, 2011 $60

Campbells Wines (Rutherglen)

Malbec Limited Release, 2015 $28
Malbec Limited Release, 2012 $35
Malbec Limited Release, 2009 $39

Jones Winery & Vineyard (Rutherglen)

Jones Winery & Vineyard Malbec, 2016 $35
Jones Winery Rose, 2016 $22
CORRELL, $38

RedWax Wines (Importers, Argentina)

Viña Las Perdices Malbec Rose, 2015 $20
Barricas del Plata Malbec, 2016 $20
Viña Las Perdices Malbec, 2015 $18
Gauchezco Malbec, 2016 $20
Mairena Malbec, 2016 $25
CarinaE Prestige Malbec Blend, 2008 $50

The Wine Providore (Argentina)

Rio Mendoza Malbec, 2016 $22
Atlas Cumbres Malbec, 2015 $22
Lagarde Rose, 2017 $27.5
Lagarde Malbec, 2016 $27.5
Rio Mendoza Estate Malbec, 2016 $27.5

Roseview Imports (Argentina)

Marcelo Pelleriti Reserve Malbec, 2014 $33
Petit Fleur Malbec, 2014 $42
Sol fa Sol Malbec, 2014 $25
Abremundos Octavia Bassa Malbec, 2014 $47
La Linda Sparkling Malbec, 2015 $28
Luigi Bosca Old Vines Malbec, 2014 $26
Luigi Bosca Los Miradores Malbec, 2014 $38

Yarra Yering (Yarra Valley)

Yarra Yering Agincourt Cabernet Malbec, 2016 $105
Yarra Yering Malbec, 2016 $105

Untapped Fine Wines (Argentina)

Achaval Ferrer Malbec Mendoza, 2016 $70
Achaval Ferrer Quimera Blend, 2011 $145
Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec, 2011 $360
Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Malbec, 2011 $360
Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec, 2011 $360
El Porvenir Amauta III Reflexión Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 $60
El Porvenir Laborum Single Vineyard Malbec, 2007 $97
El Porvenir Icono Red Blend, 2006 $145
Enrique Foster Malbec Rosé, 2017 $28
Enrique Foster Reserva Malbec, 2013 $70
Enrique Foster Ediction Limitada Malbec, 2007 $125
Enrique Foster Firmado Malbec, 2008 $250
Mendel Finca Remota Malbec, 2009 $290
Mi Terruńo Uvas Malbec, 2016 $24
Mi Terruńo Expresión Malbec, 2014 $32
Mi Terruńo Reserva Malbec, 2014 $41
Mi Terruńo Limited Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 $56
Mi Terruńo Mayacaba Malbec, 2010 $110
Fournier Alfa Crux Blend, 2005 $125
Fournier Alfa Crux Malbec, 2007 $153
Renacer Malbec, 2009 $220

Bleasdale Vineyards (Langhorne Creek)

2nd Innings Malbec, 2016 $20
Generations Malbec, 2015 $35
Islander Malbec, 2016 $35
Mullianna, 2016 $35
Riparian Malbec, 2016 $35

ReWine (Swanpool VIC)

Yearling Malbec, 2016 $18
Natural Rose, 2017 $18

Wine Selectors (Various)

Ferngrove Sparkling Malbec, 2012
Ferngrove Black Label Malbec, 2016 $20
Hay Shed Hill Malbec, 2015 $30Risky Business Malbec, 2015 $25
Tamburlaine Organic Wine Block 14 Malbec, 2015 $25
Swings & Roundabouts Novus Malbec, 2014 $30
Nannup Esate Rolling Hills Malbec, 2016 $35
McGuigan Cellar Select Malbec, 2015 $35
Erin Eyes “Shamrock” Malbec, 2015 $35
Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Malbec, 2014 $30

Jed Wines

Alma Negra “Brut Nature” (Rose) Uco Valley (Tupungato), Mendoza, ARG $20
Noemia “A Lisa” Malbec, Rio Negro, Patagonia, ARG (550m) 2016 $55
Alpamanta “Natal” Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo (Urgarteche), Mendoza, ARG (950m) 2015 $28
La Posta “Paulucci” Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo (Urgarteche), Mendoza, ARG (950m) 2016 $30
Escoirhuela “Candela” Malbec Blend,  Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, ARG (950m) 2016 $23
Jed Malbec, Uco Valley (La Consulta), Mendoza, ARG (1150m) 2015 $25
Jed “Limited Release” Malbec, Uco Valley (La Consulta), Mendoza, ARG (1150m) 2014 $35
Mil Piedras Malbec, Uco Valley (Vista Flores), Mendoza, ARG (1150m) 2016 $25
SuperUco Calcereo “Culvio”, Uco Valley (Altamira), Mendoza, ARG (1150m) 2015 $60
SuperUco Calcereo “Rio de Chacayes”, Uco Valley (Chacayes), Mendoza, ARG (1300m) 2015 $60
SuperUco Calcereo “Granito”, Uco Valley (Gualtallary), Mendoza, ARG  (1400m) 2015 $60Ji Ji Ji Malbec/ Pinot Noir (Carbonic), Uco Valley (Tupungato), Mendoza, ARG  (1400m) 2017 $30
Esperando A Los Barbaros Malbec, Uco Valley (Tupungato), Mendoza, ARG  (1400m) 2017 $30
Colome “Estate” Malbec, Cafayate, Salta, ARG (2400m) 2015 $40
Colome “Altura Maxima” Malbec, Cafayate, Salta, ARG (3100m) 2013 $195
Aller Trop Loin Malbec, Bendigo, VIC, AUS 2016 $28
Marq Malbec, Margaret River. WA, AUS 2016 $30

Zuccardi (Mendoza)

Macho Gaucho Malbec, 2016 $16.99
Zuccardi Serie A Malbec, 2016 $16.99
Zuccardi Q Malbec, 2015 $24.99
Zuccardi Zeta, 2012 $49.99
Zuccardi Concreto Malbec, 2016 $49.99

 

Rina and Nadim Sawaya: Tango Esencia Studio

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Dominating the dance floor at this year’s Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day in Melbourne is the lovely Rina and Nadim Sawaya from Tango Esencia Studio. We caught up with them to ask about all things TANGO.

How long have you been dancing for? How did you get into Tango?

We have both been dancing respectively 12, 13 years each. 

We formed a partnership in November 2012 and have been dancing together since, happily married and blessed with a beautiful daughter who is now three-and-a-half years old.

Rina started dancing at age three and trained in different dance genres. One day she came across Argentine Tango, and found that it had all elements she loved across different dance genres condensed in this one dance and decided that this would be her forever dance!

Nadim grew up listening to his father’s old Tango records. He studied music growing up and played cello in some orchestras. One day he decided to take his love of music into the physical realm and he felt comfortable with the choice of Tango as he grew up listening to the music…and the rest is history.

What does Tango mean to you? 

Rina: Dancing is like breathing to me. I love the dedication of training the body as well as the mind, focusing on connecting with my partner.

I also like how it transcends into everyday life, drawing parallels to different aspects of life. It is a lifestyle for me.

Nadim: I enjoy the training aspect of the dance as see similarities with my Kendo (Japanese fencing) martial arts training as well as my training in music. It is a way to become a better version of myself and translates through to many different areas of my life.

Is Tango hard to learn? What is the hardest part?

Rina: As a dancer, I am trained to work with my body and control different movements and expressions.

In Tango, there is another layer of attention on top of the above that is needed, fully connecting to your partner so that your movements become one completed movement by working together. I think this is the perhaps the hardest but most satisfying part of the dance for me.

Nadim: The hardest part for me is the discipline of the art form and applying yourself to it with the correct mind set, the same as anything else that you would want to do well.

Rina & Nadim: For students we recommend finding a good teacher that you can connect well with through their teaching, and who can motivate and inspire you. Then, learning becomes enjoyable and you can have fun through the learning process which will help you through the hard bits. Consistency when attending classes and with the learning process definitely helps too! (We’re big with weekly repetition with the open fundamentals classes as we see this makes a huge difference for the learning process)

What are the different styles of Tango? Which style do you prefer?

Rina & Nadim: There are some modern takes on Tango as well as different genres within Tango such as Tango Vals and Milonga.

We especially love the traditional classic style of Argentine tango which is Salon Tango, the most authentic form of Tango which is danced in the dance halls of Buenos Aires. It is also most accessible to a wide audience which means no age limit – as long as you can walk, you can Tango!

What is your favourite thing about Tango? 

Rina: Getting into the “Tango” mindset of pure concentration on my own movements and connecting with my partner and music.

Nadim: Leaving the daily grind behind and connecting with my partner!

Rina & Nadim: One of our favourite things is seeing our students progress and see them dancing well and enjoying themselves at the Milongas (Tango social nights). We have an amazing Tango community here in Melbourne. It is a privilege to see our students transform and evolve over the years, and also to see how Tango can change their lives both mentally and physically. We see this in all our classes, but also especially in the Tango for Parkinson’s class which Rina holds weekly for those living with Parkinsons. We see almost an immediate change come over the students faces, posture and movements when they start dancing to the music.

Aside from dancing the Tango, what are you most looking forward to at Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day? 

Rina & Nadim: Everything! We’re excited to taste the different Malbec wines and empanadas. 

We were invited to dance  at Malbec Day’s event a few years ago and loved mingling with the crowd and the amazing atmosphere. 

We’re really looking forward to dancing and being involved in the event again this year.

If we wanted to learn the Tango, where do we find you? 

Tango Esencia Studio is located at 327 Swan Street, Richmond. 

We offer a great space to learn Argentine Tango and social dance, where you will feel as though you are in Buenos Aires complete with coffee and media lunas!

Classes are beginner friendly, atmosphere very warm and welcoming.

www.tangoesencia.com.au

Making Malbec in Mendoza with Jed Wines

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When we call Tom Egan, he’s just finished a tasting of about 40 wines. It’s for Jed Merchants – the importing arm of his business, which brings in wine from Argentina, as well as Chile, Spain and the USA.

Jed Merchants is the reason why Egan and his business partners will exhibit around 30 wines at this year’s Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day. But while this fact is awesome and delicious, it’s not the reason we’re calling – we’re calling to ask Egan about the other arm of the business – Jed Wines.

Egan, together with business partners and fellow Aussies Rob Bates-Smith and Blair Poynten, have been making Malbec in Mendoza, Argentina, since 2006. None of them had even been to Argentina before they made their decision to make wine there, but they’d noticed while working in the USA that there were some incredibly good value wines coming out of that region.

“At that point, Malbec wasn’t even on the map in Australia… we just saw the opportunity,” says Egan. “Once we got [to Mendoza], we found that there was a lot of respect for the Australian wine industry in Argentina. It made things easier for us, we were able to talk our way into setting up partnerships over there.”

There are two main grape-growing regions in Mendoza: Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. Lujan de Cuyo, which is in the north, is warmer and the soils are richer and more fertile. Uco Valley is much more extreme – higher altitude, less fertile soil, and, in general, a much tougher environment for the vines. But despite the trickier terrain, “Straight away we knew that Uco Valley was a logical place for us to do our project,” says Egan. “We wanted to do something that was really different to what we do in Australia.”

Egan, Bates-Smith and Poynten found a vineyard in the Uco Valley; not to buy – they still don’t own their own vineyard over there – but one they could work with for years, one big enough to guarantee a continuous of supply of fruit, and one with enough variation in the soil that they could build complexity in their wines. Twelve years on, they’re still making their wines from fruit grown on this single site.

The dream was to spend three months every year in Mendoza, but sadly the boys often only find time (due to life, kids, Merchants, etc.) to get there for a few weeks around harvest. Still, their limited time hasn’t stopped them from having some pretty uniquely Argentinean experiences.

“The first one that springs to mind is this time we were processing some fruit for a small batch of wine we were making. We were in this field with the Andes looming over us, we had a little fire going with a sort of make-shift barbecue, and on it we were cooking these awesome short ribs,” says Egan.

“Another one – this is the best one – is we was invited for an asado (Argentinean barbecue) at a friend’s parents’ house, and we were invited for an 11pm start,” says Egan. “There was this amazing progression of all these different cuts of meat, from the sort of tougher, bouncier textured ones all the way through to these softer, longer cooked cuts. We were drinking wine and having this meat, and all of a sudden I realized it was 4am. I looked down the table and the whole family was still there at the table. It’s a very different vibe.”

Egan, Bates-Smith and Poynton have no plans to stop making Malbec in Argentina. They will – one day – build themselves a proper base over there, a place where they can take their families and friends. In the meantime, they’ll keep making their wines, keep experimenting, and keep importing so that we can try them, too.

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’s 2017 GOLDEN EMPANADA Winners

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Each year at Gauchito Gil’s Malbec Day in Melbourne, five restaurants battle it out for the coveted GOLDEN EMPANADA trophy. This year, the competition was tougher than ever, with San Telmo, CHE, The Mill House, Elyros and Gertrude St Enoteca x Little Latin Lucy vying for the prize. Here’s how it went down. 

San Telmo took out the professionals’ choice category in this year’s Golden Empanada competition for the third year running, decided by a group of Melbourne’s top food critics, from Broadsheet, Good Food, the Weekly Review and The Australian. Empanadas were brought into the judges’ chamber, blind – the judges didn’t know anything more than what was inside them – and then scored on the quality of the pastry, quality of the filling, consistency, and, most importantly, their overall deliciousness.

It’s hard to say whether there’s an advantage in being among the first empanadas to be tasted, or the last. On one hand, when you’re hungry, everything tastes good. On the other hand, if you can find room in your stomach for something when you’re completely full, then it must be seriously great. The standard across the board was the highest it has ever been since this competition’s inception – every single empanada was considered for the prize. But there’s no beating San Telmo. Not only did it win first place with its beef empanada, it also took our second place with its corn and mozzarella empanada. Elyros restaurant came third, with its sheep and goat cheese kalitsounia.

Once again, the professionals and the people disagreed. The winner of the People’s Choice Golden Empanada trophy was newcomer CHE, with its smoked beef brisket empanada. CHE is by the team behind Pastuso, and it was the first time Melbourne had had a taste (the restaurant doesn’t open until the end of May). A pretty good way to start, we think.

Thank you to all who came, ate and voted! Until next year, Melbourne.

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