THE Malbec grape is originally from southwestern France, but because of a pest it was practically extinct, until some seedlings were taken to Mendoza, a region in Argentina and adapted very well with the climate of the region.

THE Malbec grape has medium-sized bunches with ball-shaped berries, with soft flesh and velvety black color and the wines produced with them are purple red color, extremely aromatic and pleasant.

But the revolution happened when Nicolas Catena produced the first 100% Malbec wine, matured for 24 months in French oak. For this reason, Argentina is one of the best producers of Malbec wines that exists.

See below the best Argentine Malbec wines

We chose, obviously, the emblematic wines of Argentina. So you can get a sense of what the country can produce within that spectrum. Worth exploring!

1. Alamos Malbec 2016 Wine

Produced in the region of Mendoza, this is one of the most emblematic wines of Argentina. Of new crop, it follows the tendency of more gastronomic wines, being less alcoholic. O Malbec Alans was awarded for being a fine and balanced wine, a very prestigious red wine, one of the most Classic Malbecs from the market. Let's look at some of its features:

Harvest: 2016
Producer: Catena Zanata
Type: red
Grape: 100% Malbec
Alcohol content: 13%
Body: Medium

Vineyard: Vineyards located in several parts of the Mendoza region. Manual harvesting and limited yields, that is, usually in limited edition.
Winemaking: traditional tank with temperature control. Complete malolactic fermentation.
Maturation: The wine matured between 6 and 9 months in oak barrels.
Combinations: Red meats, barbecue pasta and hamburger
Awards:  James Suckling with 91 points / 2016

2. Catena Alta Malbec 2014 Wine

Catena Alta Malbec 2014/2015 | 90 DECA wonderful, intense, concentrated but also very elegant and well crafted red with an impressive complexity rarely found in other wines. It is among the 100 best wines in the world for three consecutive years. An absolute reference when it comes to a Malbec red.

Harvest: 2014
Producer: Catena Zanata
Type: red
Grape: Malbec
Alcohol content: 14% Body: Full bodied

Vineyard: Selected lots in the region of Mendoza, Argentina
Winemaking: Alcoholic fermentation for 14 days at controlled temperature and 28 days of maceration with the husks.
Maturation: Maturation of 12 months in French oak, 50% new.
Combinations: Grilled meats.
Awards:  James Suckling with 95 points / 2014 and Robert Parker with 93 points / 2014.

3. Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae Wine 2011

Resultado de imagem para Vinho Adrianna Mundus Bacillus Terrae 2011With grapes grown on soil composed of calcium carbonate and marine fossils that were in the region millions of years ago. Grapes from this region are rich in nutrients.

That's why the name given to it means elegant microbes of the earth. It is a wine with a guard of more than ten years and a Malbec which has a mixture of 1 to 3% of the Viognier grape.

Harvest: 2011
Producer: Catena Zanata
Type: Red
Grape: 97% Malbec and 3% Viognier
Alcohol content: 14%
Body: Very Full Body

Vineyard: Grapes from the plot called Bacilus Terrae, located in the Adriana Vineyard, Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley.
Winemaking: Manual Harvesting. Autochthonous yeasts. Fermentation in oak barrels between 25 and 30 °. 15 days of maceration.
Maturation: 24 months in French oak barrels of 2000 liters.
Combinations: Meat in general
Awards: Robert Parker with 98 points / 2011

4. Wine Catena Zapata Malbec Nicasia 2012

Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2012 Elaborated with the first row of the Altamira vineyard, planted at an altitude of 1180 meters Nicasia 2012 is a long, creamy, dense and layered red wine. It was considered an exceptional wine.

Harvest: 2012
Producer: Catena Zapata
Type: Red
Grape: Malbec
Alcohol content: 14%

Vineyard: Grapes grown in the district of Altamira
Winemaking: In open and vertical barrels of 225 liters and in small stainless steel tanks.
Maturation: 18 months in new French oak barrels.
Combinations: Grilled meats and game meat
Awards: Robert Parker with 95 points / 2012 and James Suckling with 95 points / 2012.

5. Wine Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2012

For many, one of the best wines out there. Achieved a good score. A sophisticated, fine and guarded wine of over 40 years. O Malbec Argentino 2012 was considered a rarity.

Harvest: 2012
Producer: Catena Zapata
Type: Red
Grape: Malbec 100%
Alcohol content: 14%

Vineyard: Vineyards Adriana and Nicasia of high altitude. Manual harvesting. Very limited income.
Winemaking: Traditional vinification with long and separate maceration of the different lots. Complete malolactic fermentation.
Maturation: Traditional vinification with long and separate maceration of the different lots. Complete malolactic fermentation.
Combinations: Meats with sauce, lamb and game meats.
Awards: James Suckling with 98 points / 2012 and Robert Parker with 94 points / 2012

6. Wine Estiba I Malbec 2016

vinho tinto estiba i malbec 2016A wine produced in vineyards located in Luján de Cuyo and Tupungato. It combines intense aroma, well fruity with round and soft tannins, with excellent volume of mouth. Low in alcohol, it is a very tasty wine.

Harvest: 2016
Producer: Bodegas Esmeralda
Type: Red
Grape: 100% Malbec
Alcohol content: 12,5%

Vineyard: Vineyards located in Luján de Cuyo and Tupungato.
Winemaking: Traditional vinification with selected yeasts and temperature control. Fermentation for 10 days and maceration for 20 days.
Maturation: 100% American oak maturation.
Combinations: Ideal to accompany red meats, pasta and semi-hard cheeses.

The family of Malbec wines is immense, but for those who like a good Latin wine, made with Malbec grapes and want to know the best Argentine MalbecsWe got above great tasting options. Just enjoy it.