At 18% ABV, this is no ordinary Argentinian Malbec, but a fortified Malbec that robs post-dinner port wine.
Initially made like any other red wine, after 10 days the addition of high-alcohol grape brandy stops the wine’s fermentation before the added yeast has consumed all the sugars in the grape juice. This leaves some sugar present, making for a sweet-tasting, fruity wine. The added grape brandy (essentially brandy) tops off the unfinished wine at a low alcohol content of 18% ABV, which is similar to other fortified wines like Port (made in Portugal from Portuguese grape varieties) and Marsala (made in Sicily from Italian grape varieties).
Okay, but what about sherry? This too is a fortified wine made in Spain from Spanish grape varieties, but allowed to oxidize in a controlled way to obtain other flavors. And then there is Madeira. A fortified Madeira Island wine that is deliberately heated by passing hot water through the wine vats, giving the wine its slightly cooked flavor.
But fortified Malbec is a new idea – and the Malamado is Argentina’s first fortified wine.
But how does it taste?
More like the sweetest form of sherry (Pedro Ximenez, PX) but not as sickly. The black syrup flavors added blueberry jam that was slightly overcooked but brightened up with a fresh apple juice aftertaste. The blackberry and cherry polish flavor doesn’t make it into the flavor.
Treat this wine like other sweet fortified wines, so pair it with desserts or nuts. Available in a smaller 50cl version from Tesco (£12) and in a larger 75cl bottle from Virgin Wines for £15.99.
Too bad the other fortified wines in the Malamado range (a fortified Viognier and a fortified Torrontes, both white wines with added alcohol) didn’t make it to the UK. There is even a colorless brandy made by distilling the Torrentes wine instead of fortifying it, which he calls Torrontes fire.
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Malamado fortified Malbec
£12 (50cl) Tesco, £15.99 (75cl) Virgin Wines
Tastes more like the sweetest form of sherry (Pedro Ximenez, PX) but not as sickly. The black syrup flavors added blueberry jam that was slightly overcooked but brightened up with a fresh apple juice aftertaste. The blackberry and cherry polish flavor doesn’t make it into the flavor. Treat this wine like other sweet fortified wines, so pair it with desserts or nuts.
Tesco Finest Pedro Ximenez PX Sherry
£6 Tesco half bottle
This is the sweetest form of sherry. So if you are looking for subtle flavors this is not for you. It is the color of liquid marmite but has the aroma of sweet raisins. The flavor is rich and smooth and tastes like fruitcake with some black syrup and cough mix. Thick and viscous – you may have to scoop it out of the jar.
Taylor’s Select Reserve Port
Complex aromas of plums, violets, marzipan and a hint of black molasses are in the taste as well as fruity mulberries and nutty milk chocolate. It tastes a bit like the sweeter sherry style (PX) but not as sweet. A great after dinner wine.
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