With the heatwave we are experiencing in BC, and specifically in Vancouver, I decided to open a bottle of Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2018 and pair it with grilled steak, vegetables, and salads. This bottle of Malbec comes from Argentina, which some say is the best place to grow Malbec grapes. Let me give you my tasting notes, plus a few brief comments on the steak pairing.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2018 (BC $26.98)
Appearance: Opaque ruby in the glass and showing tears on the sides of the glass with swirling.
Nose: Ripe blackberries and black plums, along with some red fruit, smokiness, sweet spices and oak aromas. No change in aromas with decanting.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, very silky and smooth with light acidity and soft, fine-grained tannins. Nutmeg, ripe red and black fruit, juicy blackberry, and black pepper flavours. Some bright tones as well. You get more black fruit and less red fruit flavours with decanting, and a little less black pepper.
Finish: Medium length finishing with black pepper, black fruit, and tarriness.
No need to decant this wine, but saving a sip for the next day is not a problem either.
Rating: – A medium intensity nose with ripe blackberries, and a mix of red and black fruit flavours. Medium body, silky with medium acidity and soft fine tannins. Lots of juicy blackberries and black fruit, along with black pepper, and some tarriness on the finish.
I grilled the steak to medium-well. Still a little pink and very tender texture. Lots of flavour as I marinated it for at least four hours in the fridge. Marinade recipe at this link. You get the smokiness, soy and Worchestershire flavours, and some salt crystals on the steak’s surface with grilling. The wine’s tannins became a little more evident when paired with the steak. The fruit flavours in the wine were persistent and complemented the savoury flavours of the steak. A wonderful dinner.
Where Can I Buy This Wine?
I purchased this bottle at Everything Wine in North Vancouver. It is not in BC Liquor Stores.