Enjoy mountains of velvety Malbec flavour in this sensational dozen featuring top drops from Mendoza and San Juan. With its lashings of pure ripe black fruit flavour and smooth, deep richness, Argentine Malbec is “the acknowledged king of the Argentine wine scene” (Jancis Robinson, MW) and "the best deal in fine wine today" (Wine Spectator). You can sip on them solo, but if you’re a steak lover, then do what the Argentinians do and match them up with a big juicy steak, hot off the grill or barbecue. (There’s even one called T-Bone Malbec!)
As one of the most exciting talents in Argentina, Rodolfo Sadler (aka Opi) is the magician behind this bestselling hero red. He’s a gentle, affable man, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, yet modest to a fault. When asked to tell us his secret to making such great wines (he has two permanently in our Top 20!), he simply shrugged and said, "this is how my family has always made wine." Typical Opi, the humble, crafty magician. And why Opi? The nickname came from his childhood when his little sister would follow him round the family vineyards calling ‘Opi, Opi’ as she couldn’t pronounce his name. Now 40 years on and an internationally renowned winemaker, the name's stuck! We recommend this with a juicy grilled steak or a hearty casserole.
Pure Argentinian magic lies in this inky black red – a wine for the meat-lovers among you. And non-carnivores too! It comes from an award-winning winery in San Juan, a lesser-known region in the north, making impressive wines. Crafted by a winemaker of 35 years' experience, Gino Santinon, this juicy red leads with Argentina’s star red grape, Malbec, with a dash of Cabernet. Gino uses grapes from high-altitude slopes, up to 764 metres altitude. At these lofty heights the grapes bathe in glorious sunlight but are kept cool at night. The result is brilliantly fresh fruit with perfect velvety-smooth ripeness that you can enjoy in the T-Bone. Packed with rich damson, plum and blueberry flavours, it'll make you want to slap a steak on the barbie.
Argentina’s Malbec is one of the trendiest wines on the planet. Most comes from Mendoza, but further north lies San Juan, with vineyards at around 700 metres altitude. There you’ll find Bodegas Antigua. The estate was founded in 1990 by Don Luis Victor Chirino. A builder by trade and a huge wine enthusiast, he bought two wineries and land to plant with vines. His headquarters is a historic building which in 1990 required considerable restoration. Within four years it had been transformed into a magnificent cellar, with an art gallery and museum alongside it. That's thanks to Don Luis’ wife Azucena, who enlisted the help of local artists whose work she exhibits. Sierra del Plata is a charming red to drink solo or with grilled meats or pasta. Bright blackberry, cassis and spice, with rounded tannins.