THE ADVOCATE 709
VOL. 77 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2019
grown organically and harvested by hand. The nose displays black cherry,
dark plum, leather, ash and a splash of vanilla. On the palate are more
cherry, deep raspberry, some green tobacco and herbs, as well as a bit of
capsicum pepper, finishing with full black fruit, with notes of mocha coffee
and cigar box. It is very much a modern approach to a Cahors Malbec that
will benefit from another couple of years in bottle. Food pairings could
include roast lamb, beef or game, full-bodied stews or a herbed roast turkey.
We had it with a filet mignon with blue Roquefort. It was a grand pairing.
CHÂTEAU EUGENIE TRADITION 2015
AOC Cahors #948174 $23.99
The terraced vineyards of this winery are on the Causses overlooking the
Lot River. A blend of eighty per cent Malbec and twenty per cent Merlot,
with thirty per cent aged in new oak, this again is a very full-bodied wine,
awarded 88 points from Wine Enthusiast. It is a blackish purple and displays
aromas of sweet black cherry and black currant fruit with some smoky oak
and cigar box. The flavours are similar black fruit, including black plum,
laced with a touch of vanilla and spice. It has a medium-long tannic finish.
It will age well for several more years but is ready to drink now with food,
especially rich dishes such as a grilled steak, roast beef, osso buco, rack of
lamb or lamb shank.
AMALAYA MALBEC 2017
Valle Calchaquí, Argentina #168294 $21.99
Hailing from the Salta high desert, over two kilometres above sea level, this
is a blend of eighty-five per cent Malbec, ten per cent Tannat and five per
cent Petit Verdot. In the local native language, the name means “bountiful
harvest”. Robert Parker awarded it 92 points and James Suckling 90 points.
It has a ruby red colour and a vibrant, slightly floral nose of violet and berry
fruit including raspberry, red currant with some light cherry, and a bit of
granite minerality. On its lifted palate are the same fruit flavours, with
some red plum and a bit of peppery spice and black olives. It has a long,
vibrant, crisp finish. Ready to drink now, it will pair well with hard cheeses,
roast chicken or a BBQ salmon, or can be consumed on its own as a sipper.
BENMARCO MALBEC 2016
Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina #355321 $25.49
From another high desert region of Mendoza, over 900 metres above sea
level, this wine also has red fruit aromas and flavours, especially raspberry,