Langton's Essential Malbec 6-Pack
Malbec is a varietal that over-delivers at every price point. The Essential Malbec pack is a mixed half dozen comprising our edit of accessible Malbec to try now. Discover all the nuances that Malbec has to offer with a selection of six distinctive, delicious expressions from its birthplace and beyond.
In this Mixed Six you'll get one bottle each of
Aluvional Malbec Paraje Altamira Valle de Uco Mendoza 2012
A complex expression of Argentinian terroir. Lush red fruit and dried rose characters, possessing an earthy backbone and a hint of herbaceousness with smooth tannins.
Malbec High Mountain Vines Mendoza 2016
From one of Argentina’s pioneering family-run wineries. Dark fruit and fresh florals meet with acidity and richness for a superbly balanced Malbec.
Clos La Coutale
Cahors South West France 2016
Darkly fruited with soft tannins and spice, this has a savoury character reminiscent of its Bordeaux neighbours.
Château Du Cèdre
Heritage Cahors 2015
Fruit-forward and juicy with a refreshing minerality, this is a classic example of French Malbec.
Coates Robe Vineyard
The Malbec 2015
Dark cherry and crushed violet mingle with new French oak in a New World example showcasing the potential for this varietal in the local climate.
Second Innings Malbec Langhorne Creek 2016
Bright red fruit mingles elegantly with soft spice in this medium bodied South Australian example.
"Excellent colour and perfume. Aromatic raspberries and redcurrants. The cherry-infused palate is bright and spirited with lively acidity. The tannins are fine and framing. Good length and concentration. I suspect it will age very well. The patient will be rewarded."
93 points, The Real Review (September 2017)
"A bright vermilion, this juicy and full weighted malbec embraces the pulpy, bouncy, snap-crackle-pop nature of the variety, along with the violet florals, dark fruits and etched tannins of a sterner idiom, all snuggled into 18 months of French oak (approximately 30% new) and its echo of cedar and mace. As with the other wines in the stable, this was fermented under the aegis of ambient yeast, unfined and unfiltered."
93 points, The Real Review (January 2017)
"No complaints here. It offers a power of fruit without being excessive and avoids simplicity without over-complicating things. It tastes of blackberry and saltbush, iodine and sweet, roasted spices; keeps oak well and truly in check; adds a whisper of raspberry; and runs juicily out through the finish. Nicely done. Balance is spot on."
91 points, Campbell Mattinson (November 2017)
"Gorgeous bright red fruit aromas enhanced by a little background meat and earth. Mouthfuls of succulent, plush black fruit, namely blackberries and mulberries. Varietally expressive and great value. Soft and gentle on the close."
90 points, The Real Review (October 2017)
"Deep, youthful, saturated purple/red colour with a bright, floral, red fruit aroma which vaults from the glass. A dusting of pepper. The wine is medium to full-bodied and firm, the ample tannins adding good backbone and structure to help it age. It would stand up to hearty food and also cellar well."
90 points, The Real Review (November 2017)
"The aroma to this is etheral with dark berries, flowers and hints of salt and chalk. Full body with incredible texture and purity. Dark berries and blueberries but superb mouthfeel. Amazing quality from relatively young vines. Silk."
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (October 2014)
"The 2012 Aluvional Altamira is pure Malbec planted at 1,100 meters with big boulders and a high chalk content. It has a great sense of harmony, a little reticent and backward, but offers pure, delineated and intense aromas of crushed violets, blood orange and red berries with a strong earthy feeling running through. The palate is medium-bodied, with ripe, round tannins, a silky texture, good volume and great balance before finishing with a clean, intense floral aftertaste."
94 points, Wine Advocate (April 2014)
"Rich, full throttle Malbec with a mix of red berries, plum jam, liquorice, dried roses and a smattering of herbs. Smooth thick tannin, a submerged ‘minerality’, pliant and packed with mixed red berries, a little earthiness and coffee on the finish. Feels a touch warm with alcohol, but carries it off pretty well."
93 points, The Wine Front (June 2017)
"The fresh, floral and expressive 2016 Catena Malbec blends grapes from different parts of Mendoza: Lunlunta, Agrelo, Altamira El Cepillo and Gualtallary. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French and American oak barrels for an average of 12 months. It's straight and a little austere but has deep flavors. Superb quality for the price and volume."
92 points, Wine Advocate (June 2018)
"This is a firm and silky red with blueberry and blackberry character. Some stone, too. Medium body, fresh acidity and a juicy finish."
91 points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2018)
"The base 2016 Catena Malbec comes from multiple high elevation sites and was brought up in 34% new French and American oak barrels. It offers a vibrant, juicy, undeniably delicious style as well as terrific notes of black raspberries, wild strawberries, and spring flowers. Upfront and ready to go, it has an outstanding mix of both freshness and richness and is straight up high-quality Malbec."
90 points, JebDunnuck.com (February 2019)