Features

A seductive South American red

2016 Colomé This Argentinian Malbec will show you what a genuinely seductive and accurate big red should taste like, says Matthew Jukes.

920_MW_P42_Wine

2016 Colom, Malbec, Salta, Calchaqu Valley, Argentina.£17.49 at 19 branches of Waitrose, WaitroseCellar.com

I don't find myself writing up many top-end Argentinian or Chilean reds. I went to a tasting the other day where every single one of the South American, "huge points" red wines were on tasting and they were, without question, some of the most unpalatable and unbalanced wines I have tasted in a long while. Adored by some critics, the stench of oak and the heat of alcohol, coupled with monstrous extraction and parched tannins don't make me unclip the big scores from my score-belt and hang them off these palate-choking behemoths.

Subscribe to MoneyWeek

Become a smarter, better informed investor with MoneyWeek.

All the more reason to highlight a wine which did attract a heady score in my scribblings and which is also £50-£100 cheaper than the aforementioned frighteners. Made from three super-high-altitude vineyards (La Brava 1,300m, Colom 2,300m and El Arenal 2,600m), this is a spectacular wine and one which trumpets all of the joys of the malbec grape in one glass.

Using only 20% new French oak in the mix, for a 15-month period, this wine backs off anything which would tip it out of perfect balance. If you only buy one South American wine in the rest of 2018, make it this thriller. It is drinking now and it will, I hope, show you what a genuinely seductive and accurate big red should, to my mind, taste like.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/519374/the-top-festive-tipples
Wine

The top festive tipples

MoneyWeek wine columnist Matthew Jukes rounds up the best wines for your Christmas meals.
13 Dec 2019
Visit/spending-it/wine/600810/wine-of-the-week-an-utter-stunner-from-germany
Wine

Wine of the week: an utter stunner from Germany

This German pinot noir balances resplendent mid-palate fruit density with a sonorous aroma and a cool, long finish.
14 Feb 2020
Visit/spending-it/wine/600765/a-breathtaking-lip-smacking-gewurz
Wine

Wine of the week: a breathtaking, lip-smacking gewürz

This Alsatian gewürz is the quintessential definition of the grape in crystalline, liquid, dreamy form.
4 Feb 2020
Visit/spending-it/wine/600720/wine-of-the-week-a-bafflingly-sublime-syrah-from-new-zealand
Wine

Wine of the week: a bafflingly sublime syrah from New Zealand

No other wine from this challenging vintage comes close to this syrah, says Matthew Jukes – it shines out like a beacon
31 Jan 2020

Most Popular

Visit/economy/uk-economy/600824/how-the-bbc-can-survive-the-end-of-the-tv-licence
UK Economy

How the BBC can survive the end of the TV licence

Th TV licence that funds the BBC is looking way past its sell-by date, says Matthew Lynn. Here's how it could survive without it
16 Feb 2020
Visit/economy/uk-economy/600837/rishi-sunak-new-chancellor-spending-splurge
UK Economy

Britain has a new chancellor – get ready for a major spending splurge

The departure of Sajid Javid as chancellor and the appointment of Rishi Sunak marks a change in the style of our politics. John Stepek explains what's…
14 Feb 2020
Visit/investments/property/600826/living-on-a-houseboat-the-pros-and-cons-of-a-floating-home
Property

Living on a houseboat: the pros and cons of a floating home

Living on a houseboat sounds romantic and peaceful. But it’s not as straightforward as it looks, says Nicole Garcia Merida
14 Feb 2020
Visit/investments/commodities/600729/the-rare-earth-metal-that-wont-be-a-secret-for-long
Sponsored

The rare earth metal that won't be a secret for long

SPONSORED CONTENT – You can’t keep a good thing hidden forever; now is the time to consider Pensana Rare Earths and the rare earth metals NdPr.
31 Jan 2020