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Te Awa, Left Field, Malbec

Te Awa, Left Field, Malbec

we revisit Hawke's Bay for Malbec Day

It's Malbec Day this week (17th April) and we thought we'd celebrate with this wonderful wine from last year.
 
From right out of left field comes this Malbec: not from the grape’s stronghold in Argentina, nor from its ancestral home in south-west France, but from the other side of the planet.  Boldly going where no Malbec has gone before, this is a rare example of a New Zealand red that isn’t Pinot Noir.

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Available at £16.82 per bottle

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Although this red has big flavours, its unoaked, juicy fruit character will benefit from being served just slightly chilled - 15°C to 17°C.
 
Actually this wine is so well balanced that you could easily enjoy it on its own. Its moderate acidity and skilfully tamed tannins don’t require food to soften them. On the other hand, it will suit almost any dish that requires a red, and it would be a shame to miss out on Malbec’s marvellous affinity with meat.
 
This wine is in its element with steaks and other lean meat dishes where the emphasis is on the meat rather than the sauce. Hearty vegetable dishes will work too, especially those featuring aubergine or mushrooms.
 
Malbec loves often-hard-to-match umami flavours like those found in cooked mushrooms and hard or semi-hard cheeses. Just be wary of dishes that are very sharp or significantly sweet - the wine doesn’t have enough of either to withstand them. No balsamic!
 
But if the weather obliges, then the solution is simple. This is a nigh-on perfect barbecue wine; take your pouch out into the back garden and enjoy!

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CountryNew Zealand
Region
AppellationHawke's Bay
Grape
Year2013
Producer
Te Awa Winery
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ABV13.5%

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