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News - 17.01.17

Argentine Malbec: the most awarded wine at the "Global Malbec Master Series"

The flagship strain of Argentina was awarded with 3 "Master" awards and 14 gold medals.

Wines of Argentina, the organisation in charge of promoting the brand “Vino Argentino" abroad, continues to accompany the worldwide growth of Argentine Malbec. In this case, positioning itself as the most awarded at the "Global Malbec Master Series 2016" competition, a distinguished event for its wines according to variety, not region, organised by the prestigious English trade publication, TheDrinksBusiness.

With a panel of six judges, all Masters of Wine, the consistency and excellence of Argentina was highlighted in all price ranges, a distinguishing factor from the rest of the competition. Argentine Malbec has won multiple awards and recognitions over the years, and competing has contributed to its international position as the most outstanding. Out of a total of 110 medals in the Malbec Master Series, Argentina won 78, being the only country to receive 3 "Master" awards, reserved only for the best wines. Also, from the £30 category, only Argentina won medals.

As for the style of this strain, Jonathan Pedley, MW, one of this year's MMS judges, said: "A good Malbec offers a deep purple colour; attractive blueberry and plum fruit, and a full, rich palate without being too tannic or acidic. Of course, the stylistic reference for today's Malbec is Argentina, which has managed to adopt this French grape, craft its own distinctive expression and sell it back to the Europeans."

In addition, Argentina won 14 gold medals in different categories. The most awarded wineries were Doña Paula, Bodegas and Vineyards Pascual Toso and Trapiche. Also to receive gold medals were, Mendoza Vineyards, Marcelo Pelleriti Wines, Algodón Wine Estates, Casarena, Valentín Bianchi, Blends Wine Estate and El Esteco, among others.

Despite the expansion of other strains, the fluctuations in export levels and international competition, Argentine Malbec continues to advance. In this regard, Alberto Arizu, president of Wines of Argentina, said: "It is a variety that has a lot of reputation and prestige. The people who look for it and buy it are willing to pay more than for other varieties."

Argentina tops the list of countries that produce this variety, with 39,500 hectares. In the rest of the competing countries their flagship varieties have played a less prominent role: they provide a factor of differentiation, but the varieties that open markets and generate higher sales are those that are internationally outstanding. There are few places in the world that produce Malbec: Chile has about 6,000 hectares planted, France 5,300, South Africa about 4,000, New Zealand 80 and California with barely 45.