In the dry, arid deserts of Argentina, wineries and winemakers are focusing their efforts on producing high quality wines for the world market. By experimenting with both traditional and modern methods and technologies, they have found great success with a wide variety of grapes well suited to the conditions of the country, particularly Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the past decade, Argentinian wineries have continued to aim high, and this has led to a range of new wines using grape varietals not typically associated with the country. The cooler regions of Argentina are seeing more vineyards being planted with Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir varietals, something that is beginning to produce fantastic results, which are at once representative of the country's wines - with all their fruity and bold character - but are also pushing the boundaries of what we expect from a New World country.
The dark, juicy, concentrated and balsamic 2016 Malbec D O C is one of the few proper Controlled Appellation wines (D.O.C.) from Luj?n de Cuyo. It matured for 14 months in new French oak barrels, which marked the wine, especially on the palate where you'll find an abundance of oak-related flavors and some astringent tannins, giving it a slight rusticity. It needs food.?