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Rutini Trumpeter, Rosé de Malbec

Rutini Trumpeter, Rosé de Malbec

East of the Andes - Malbec, but pink!

“It’s like America, but SOUTH”, breathes the gap-toothed Ellie to Carl in the film Up, as she shows him her secret Adventure Book with its stuck-in picture of Paradise Falls, a land lost in time high in the Andes, which she’s determined to visit.
From high in the Andes in America-but-South comes this wine, made from Argentina’s signature black grape, Malbec.  Originally from Bordeaux, Malbec has found its true home in Argentina, producing brawny, barbecue-friendly reds.  This one is different, though: (whisper it) “it’s like Malbec, but PINK”.
Argentinian rosés are rare – this is overwhelmingly red wine country – and serious ones are rarer still.  But noted producer Rutini were determined to create one, and went so far as to recruit a French winemaker from Provence (where rosé is taken very seriously) to help them develop it.  Though it was to be pale, dry and food-friendly, in the Provençal style, it had to be made from their beloved Malbec.
It took four years of development until in 2016 the results were deemed good enough.  This is that wine, the inaugural vintage of Rutini’s Rosé de Malbec, the French name hinting at its style.  But the Malbec grape and its sun-soaked adopted land do show through.  Although just as pale, dry and refreshing as a Provence pink, this wine is altogether bigger and riper.  It has an exotic floral nose of tropical fruit and glacé cherries backed up by big flavours of raspberry and orangey citrus.

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Great on its own, especially in the sunshine, this fully dry wine is also as food-friendly as the Provence rosés that inspired it.  Big flavours make it more suited to barbecues than bouillabaisse, however, so drink it out in the garden where it’ll partner the burgers just as well as it will the salads.
It can stand being served quite cold too, 8–10°C, which is especially useful in the garden on a hot day.  But do give the pouch a minute or two to warm before pouring: fridge temperature is too cold for any wine.
Despite being two-and-a-bit years old, this wine did smell quite reductive when I first opened the bottle.  Although otherwise brilliant, screwtops are rather prone to this because they don’t let even the tiniest whiff of oxygen through.  Ten to fifteen minutes in my glass fixed it, though each new pour brought back that characteristic slightly farty scent of bruised petals.  Your pouch will be fine, but a bottle should be decanted.  Slosh it out into a jug to aerate it, then pour it carefully back into the pretty bottle and let it sit for at least twenty minutes.

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