Valcheta is a delightful, bright fruit Malbec from Argentina. It has all the classic charm you'd expect from this grape and, from high up vineyards in the subregion of Tupungato, it has an appetising tick of freshness to its ripe cassis fruit.
For a silky red with supple black fruit and just a hint of spice, many of us reach for Argentina's Malbec. And most of those will come from Mendoza. Less well known is the Uco Valley, its largest and most important subregion, just southwest of the city. Indeed, that's where you'll find top wine consultant Michel Rolland's Clos de la Siete. All of the narrow valley (40km wide, 70km long) enjoys high altitude (1,000-1,500m) and, as a result, cooler temperatures, which lend an elegance to the wines. Then, within Uco, there are subregions too, one of the best being Tupungato, where the Salentein bodega lies, along with its Kilka Art Gallery. Sophistication and art aside, this is Malbec full of easy charm. Great solo or with grilled meats.
"Lots of bright cassis fruit in this elegant Malbec from Mendoza's Uco valley. A classic"
Beth Willard Buyer for Argentina