One of the easiest and fruity red wines out there, Malbec is a wine that has gained massive popularity over the last 10 years. Another component of a Bordeaux blend, this grape was only used as a blend component in most areas before being made into pure Malbec wine. For a long time, this wine was not exported out of Argentina which is why it remained unknown until recently when it became known as one of the more affordable and delicious wine.

A brief history of Malbec

Malbec grapes were grown in France but they did not seem to take to the soil there and often developed diseases and rot which made vineyard owners skeptical about planting large quantity to avoid losses. After they were cut and taken to Argentina to be used as blends for native wines, they flourished and had high yields which led to speculations that they were originally from Argentina because of how well they adapted to their soil and climate. They were primarily used as a Bordeaux blend and started being grown as a varietal wine in the Cahors region of France and in Argentinian vineyards. Its original name is said to be Côt while others speculate that is was named Malbec after a peasant who spread the grapes across France.

Approximately how many hectares/acres of Malbec is grown globally

Malbec has a plummy berry flavor with floral undertones and responds well to warm climates and limestone soils. It reflects its terrior in the taste, quality, and characteristics like most red wine grapes. Malbec grapes grown in Argentina tend to be smaller than those grown in France. By the year 2015 approximately 40, 468 hectares (100,000 acres) was grown globally

it is grown regions like the Cahors in France, Chile, and Argentina

 

Wine colors of Malbec

Malbec varietals tend to be a very deep inky red color which is why they are more popular as blends. When used as a blend component with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, they create the sought after rich red Bordeaux blend. The skins are left in the wine after grapes are pressed to give it its signature red color.

Grape skin color and sweetness levels of Malbec

Malbec has a thick skin that is very dark which lends to its inky red wine color. It is susceptible to frost and other wine attacking diseases when it is not grown in a favorable climate.

Malbec has a medium off-dry taste so it is not too sweet or dry but has a nice balance of sweet and dry. It is rated a 3-4 on the wine sweetness scale.

 

Conclusion

Malbec grapes deep inky color and dark fruity flavors make it a great blend ingredient.  This deep hued French grape is one of the six red wines allowed into the exclusive Bordeaux blends. Although they are most popular in Argentina, they have successfully made their way to countries all around the world and are enjoyed by many people. Malbec wine is best enjoyed with red meats, cheese, and desserts.