A very happy new year to you all and welcome to my first post of 2020. With the madness of the Christmas festivities and overindulgence that goes with it out of the way, at last things can settle back to some kind of normality.
Perhaps the most significant thing that has happened to me over the Christmas period is that I have now officially retired, so no going back to work for me, although it still feels like I’m on holiday, it may well take a while to get used to it. This means I can now devote more time to doing things I want to do and believe me, there are a lot of things on my ‘to do’ list, not all to do with wine I hasten to add but wine will definitely feature.
Last summer I held my first wine tasting event see here… https://vinoviews.co.uk/2019/08/26/hosting-a-wine-tasting-evening/ it seemed to to be well received, so the plan is to try and host more. I will continue to give you my personal views on wines I’ve been drinking throughout the year and any other wine related activities I get involved with.
Well then, might as well get straight to it, so let’s start of the decade with a review of a stunning mid priced Malbec.
Colomé Malbec 2017
Bought this from Waitrose during their recent 10 for £10 promotion (now normal price of £17.49) for me this was the star pick of the ten.
Argentina’s national grape is Malbec which accounts for more than one third of the country’s red wine production and this particular bottle is from the renowned Colomé Bodega in the Salta region which boasts the highest vineyards in the world at 5,000 to 10,000 feet and with it’s sun drenched climate produces some fabulous Malbec’s.
This is very fruit forward, full bodied and deeply flavoured, brimming with dense plum, cassis, chocolate and vanilla. Oak and tannins are noticeable but it still retains that lovely fresh acidity. Although a beautiful drink on it’s own, this is crying out for a succulent steak, I drank it with a ribeye and it was a match made in heaven.
A brilliant start to the decade and a wine that I would happily pay the full price for (luckily I purchased a few bottles at £10, now I wish I had bought more) so I kick off the year with my first 9/10 Corks, try this you won’t be disappointed !