The Banrock Station Chardonnay presents intense fruit aromas of citrus and peach with hints of tropical notes, spicy vanilla bean and sweet oak to the nose. The flavors of fresh and juicy fruit salad made of peach, melon and honeydew, with hints oak influence. This wine has a soft and creamy full bodied texture, balanced acid and excellent length. This is a dry, fairly full bodied Chardonnay. I see this wine being served with seafood such a swordfish or grilled mahi-mahi.
Acidity: 5.5 -7g/l
pH: 3.0 –3.4
Banrock Station’s wine making philosophy is to create flavorsome, generous, value for money Australian wines, while demonstrating respect for the good earth from which they come. They have tremendous respect for the environment. Part of this respect is introduction of varieties that grow more sustainably in the South Australian climate. Mediterranean varieties are proving great water-savers as well as producing a wonderful variety of flavors for today’s adventurous palates. The 239 hectare vineyard is managed using best-practice techniques. Irrigation is used only as necessary, indicated by moisture probes in the soil. Gradual conversion to sub-surface irrigation and vineyard-wide mulching both reduce the amount of supplementary watering required.
In 2002 the Banrock Station vineyard achieved the international environmental management system accreditation, ISO 14001.
This Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina has a deep ruby red color. Aromas of black berries, newly ripened plums and fresh strawberries are predominant to the nose. This wine has a good balance and is not overly acidic. This is a smooth full flavored Malbec. Pair this Malbec paring well with grilled meats and pasta with red sauce.
The Bodega Norton was founded in 1895 in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. This means it enjoys the same altitude advantage of warm days and cool nights that have brought the wines produced in this region to notice.
With a $10 to $12 dollar price point, I see this a as wine for the masses, it is good, not great. I enjoyed it and will buy it again.
According the tasting notes for K-nom 2012 Clos Troteligotte Cahors Malbeb from France “Enticing red cherry aromas lead you into a sip of this well-made Malbec blend. Your palate is immediately filled with fresh berries, but there is underlying complexity as the earthy notes become apparent. Silky-smooth tannins and pleasant minerality allow this French Malbec to pair exquisitely with grilled meats, barbecue, and oven-roasted chicken.”
I found this to be just an OK Malbec. I can see it standing up the grilled meat, but I disagree with it going well with barbecue or chicken. The wine is also much darker than other malbecs I have tasted in the last year. For my taste I found it to be too acidic and I think that would hamper its pairing with barbecue, I see it over powering the pork.
The vineyard where this Malbec is produced oversees 24 acres on the plateau of Villeseque, Emmanuel Rybinski tends to produce some of the best terroir in Cahors. While you may be more acquainted with Malbec from Argentina, the grape’s true home is in France and it performs beautifully in the Cahors region of Southwest France.