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: EMILY PAULIN

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Familiar with a little online publication known as Broadsheet? Well, this Gauchito here is a huge part of how you get your city’s goss. She’s the Social Media Manager (NATIONAL!!) so runs all its Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and does a freakin’ great job doing it. Her intimate knowledge of our country’s best restaurants makes her a perfect GOLDEN EMPANADA judge.

Tell us about your experience with Malbec

I’d get the stuff IV’ed in to my veins if it wasn’t going to damage my liver

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

Tasting notes (I’ll come undone).

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

A mocha hot cross bun.

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

Slow-cooked pulled pork. Or salt and vinegar chips (not cook, just open a packet).

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

San Telmo

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

Porteño

What do you drink when no one is watching?

A bottle of Baileys

Follow Emily’s food adventures here:

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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.

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GOLDEN EMPANADA JUDGE: Leanne Clancey

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Leanne Clancey (aka Tour de Clance, Clancey of the Overflow, or just plain old Clance) is a bonafide food legend. She writes about food and travel for Broadsheet, Goodfood and Australian Traveller magazine, and also works for Studio Round where she writes and puts together heaps of rad content, including for East&Co magazine. Most impressively though, Clance is an ambassador for Scarf Community and also works closely with the Sacred Heart Mission – both charitable organisations raise money for the young and disadvantaged through food and hospitality. Yasss kween.

Tell us about your experience with Malbec

Malbec makes me tango.

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

The tango without first drinking some Malbec.

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

Airport coffee.

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

Some really good grilled chorizo or morcilla.

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

I rather dig the vibes at San Telmo.

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

Maaaaaate, Porteño. Where else you gonna go?

What do you drink when no one is watching?

Goon in a tumbler, that, in theory, I reserve for cooking. Not shy about it.

Follow Leanne’s food and travel adventures here:

 

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Golden Empanada Judge: Hilary McNevin

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Before Hilary made a big giant name for herself as one of Melbourne’s top food and wine writers (her work is published in The Australian, 9Kitchen, SBS Food Online, Winestate magazine, Broadsheet, The Weekly Review and Goodfood, and she’s contributed to and co-authored a bunch of books as well), she cut her teeth working front-of-house in restaurants for 15 years. So she has ACTUAL hospitality experience to go with all her other rad achievements. She’s also just freakin’ delightful. Yay, Hilary!

MEET HILARY MCNEVIN:

Tell us about your experience with Malbec

I’d get the stuff IV’ed in to my veins if it wasn’t going to damage my liver

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

Anything that involves moving fast in really hot weather or jumping from a great height without a safety net

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

A well-done steak or something mouldy (that’s not supposed to be mouldy)

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

I’d braise ox cheeks, sear fresh Yellow Fin tuna or cook up a gathering of friends and ask them to bring food and I’d provide the Malbec.

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

San Telmo

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

 I haven’t eaten much Argentinean in Sydney but the name Tequila Mockingbird always makes me smile.

What do you drink when no one is watching?

I was at the PJ Harvey concert recently and I drank cans of premixed G&T (they were incredibly cold – could have been anything – I loved them!) – and there were lots of people there. My friends saw me do it… is that why I haven’t heard from them in a while??? Hmmmm.

Follow Hilary’s food adventures here

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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.

Gauchito Gil: Who Even Is He?

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We talk a lot about Gauchito Gil, but seeing as you’re an Aussie not an Argentine, there’s every chance you have no idea who we’re referring to. So here you go.

In short, Gauchito Gil was a nineteenth-century Robin Hood-type character, who lived life as an outlaw after refusing to fight in the Argentine Civil War. He spent his time relieving the rich of their possessions and, er, redistributing them among the disadvantaged. He was also rumoured to have miraculous healing powers.

The legend goes that he was caught by police who tortured him, strung up by his ankles over a fire. Just before he was executed for desertion and thievery, Gauchito Gil said to the sergeant: “You are going to kill me now, but you will arrive in [the town of] Mercedes tonight at the same time as a letter of my pardon. In the letter they will also tell you that your son is dying of a strange illness. If you pray and beg me to save your child, I promise you that he will live. If not, he will die.” The jerk sergeant laughed, and killed Gil anyway.

When he got home, it was as Gil predicted: his son was dying, there was a letter of pardon waiting. Desperate, the sergeant did what the dead gaucho said, and his son was saved. To assuage his own guilt, the sergeant gave Gil a proper burial and erected a red cross as a shrine over his grave.

It’s unclear how much of this story is fact and how much is fable, but what is certain is how revered he is among Argentines despite not being recognised by the Church as a true saint. His death day – January 8, 1878 – is celebrated every year with feasts, and more than 100,000 devotees flock to his hometown of Pay Ubre. Every roadside in Argentina is punctuated with blood-red monuments (see above image), and (perhaps unsurprisingly), thieves and robbers pray to him before committing crimes, believing he’ll understand. As such, he’s become the Patron Saint of Thieves.

As the spiritual home of malbec is Argentina, it makes sense for us to honour his memory the REVEL way… with malbec, tango and empanadas!

MALBEC MAKERS: Mandy Jones from Jones Winery & Vineyard

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Give us the short version of your story.

I’m Rutherglen born and bred, from fifth-generation Rutherglen winemakers. I studied Industrial Chemistry at Melbourne Uni before heading overseas. Came back and went to Charles Sturt University to study Wine Science. Then I took a vintage job in Portugal before 14 years working fulltime in Bordeaux. I came back to the family property in 2004, and now own Jones Winery and Vineyard with my brother and we have restored, renovated, rebuilt and replanted. Now we have 10 hectares under vine which we run sustainably. We prefer to make wines from grapes that we grow and have a low intervention grape growing/winemaking philosophy. We love our patch of dirt!

So, why Malbec?

I just love it. Ever since I started working with it in Bordeaux I have been fascinated by the variety. It is fickle, rustic and shows its best when it is put under pressure.  When I drank some 1970’s Malbec made by Mick Morris here in Rutherglen I was convinced that it could also be magical here in Rutherglen’s warmth.

What has been your most classic Argentinean/Malbec experience?

A whirlwind tour of Cahors!

Meat is a given, but what else do you think goes well with it?

Best with a steak that falls off the side of your plate, but it can go well with Lievre a la Royale (hare) and anything slow cooked in red wine. I also love it with bity cheese, certain pastas, and cumin-based dishes such as cumin-baked carrots.

Malbec is wine with Altitude. Discuss!

It also works at the dizzying height of 170m above sea level.

Can you remember your ‘first time’ with it?

Yep – made it into rosé as it was overcropped and useless as red wine material.

Do you tango? Have you ever tried?

No and No.

Finish this sentence: “Malbec makes…”

…my mouth water, and it makes me want to take another sip.

What can we expect from you on the day? 

Malbec as it is from our little patch of dirt here in Rutherglen.

What do you drink when no one’s watching?

Gin and tonic.

Golden Empanada Judge: Michael Harry

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As you can probably tell from his photograph, Michael Harry is one cool dude. His day job is as editor of Fairfax’s Executive Style, but he also moonlights as Good Food’s bar critic and reviews for The Age Good Food Guide. All these things make him super qualified to be a judge at this year’s Malbec Day – food, wine and that Gauchito Gil style.

Tell us about your experience with Malbec

Stuff love, I’d rather fall in to Malbec.

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

Meatloaf.

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

Mashed banana.

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

Do a soft cheese and crisp lavosh count as cooking?

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

Gotta be San Telmo.

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

I’m still trying to get a table at Fred’s.

What do you drink when no one is watching?

Cold apple juice straight from the bottle.