Argentine Malbec is establishing itself as a great world-class player, due to the great work that the promising winemakers and promoters of Argentina are doing to obtain and install the best Malbec wines that the world has known in this 2022.
Since 2011, it is celebrated every April 17 as International Malbec Day.
This marketing initiative created by Wines of Argentina, the entity in charge of promoting national wine in the world, It has become the most important action of the year, and has contributed to the image and global positioning of Malbec, which continues to be the most exported varietal in Argentina, with 47.6% of the total wine sold in the foreign market, according to preliminary data for 2021.
On the other hand, various news items have affected wine experts since the beginning of the year. Between them:
b. Argento Single Vineyard Finca Agrelo Organic Malbec 2020 obtained the Platinum medal and 97 points in the competition organized by the renowned British magazine Decanter. In this way, it is positioned as the best Organic Malbec in the world.
c. Tim Atkin, British Master Of Wine, in his brand new 2022 report, which reflects the results of extensive work carried out during his last visit to Argentina last summer, chose as the best wine of the year and assigned the maximum rating of 100 Parker points to a Malbec from Mendoza, the Piedra Infinita Gravascal 2019 from Bodega Zuccardi. It is not something casual, Bodega Zucardi has been reaping awards year after year.
The keys to the popularity of Argentine Malbec could be the following:
1-We must start from the basis that Malbec is the only variety strongly related to a country, to the point of being synonymous, at least for wine professionals. And that is a great advantage, because it is a grape that can still give much more.
2-Another key is the progress made in recent years that has shown and confirmed Malbec as the best wine to display landscapes. What does this mean? That it is the best grape to capture the character of a place, which is usually given by the soil, the climate and the decisions made by the makers. With the climate, one can only do much more than study it in order to prevent unwanted events and to optimize the management of the canopy and irrigation, for example.
3-But truly relevant conclusions are being drawn from learning about the soil, and they can mean a great qualitative leap. Because beyond the heterogeneity of soils, knowing what they are like and understanding them allows agronomists to better manage vines. And this changed the way vineyards are planted today, no longer by squares or plots but by patches of soil. And it is based on these natural formations that the best varieties, the best management systems and the best orientations are chosen to achieve optimum maturity.
All this takes time, but the good thing is that it has been going on for a few years and the first wines are already on sale. And it is not by chance that they are the ones that reach the highest scores and capture the attention of professionals. It is that a wine made from the vineyard and with current knowledge is different from the others, because it “absorbs” the natural aromas of the place.
And here is the big news. It does not matter if it is organic or not, if it is natural or if it does not have added sulfites, because most of the high-end Argentine wines are conceived in a sustainable way. This means that, regardless of the specific demands of some markets for the certifications of the day, they are all on the way to precision viticulture and sustainability. And the great change that is coming, although it has already begun, is agroecology. Because this type of management has brought life back to the soil, and with the rebirth of that microenvironment, there is a return to the concept of polyculture, where insects and animals are as protagonists as plants to achieve a unique character of the place. And that the wine can reflect it is the next big goal.
Later, in the winery and with a high quality grape, some seek to intervene little, others microvinify in barrels to find long-aging wines, although the wood is no longer as prominent as in recent times. Today, the style is defined by the point of harvest and the management of the vineyard, and from there comes the concentration and character of the wine. There are more and more high-end Malbecs, the only ones that can demonstrate important advances, because they are the ones that move the bar. While the vast majority of the wines produced benefit from the findings to continue improving, but without as much precision as the most important exponents of the wineries. The places continue to be studied as the borders expand, but it is not a linear evolution, because in the middle are the men and women who interpret each place and how they consider it is the best way to reflect them in the glasses.
4-In other words, today the variety is no longer as important as the place and the producer, as it happens in the Old World. And this is what explains the new diversity offered by Malbec, since it is the variety most used to conquer places.
5-Argentina for the wine universe is considered from the New World, but it can be said that it is turning consistently towards the Old World, but without the ties that the legislations that regulate the denominations of origin suppose. This greater freedom is being used very well by many winemakers who conceive wine with future generations in mind, worrying about leaving a better territory than they found it, and with a sustainable business based on the noblest drink.
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