On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Harvey Nichols red, how fancy!
Q. What do you get when you cross one of the UK’s favourite red wines with a British fashion institution? A. A lust-after bottle of Argentine Malbec from Harvey Nichols.
As you’d expect, Harvey Nichols Malbec 2012* has been exclusively produced and is made from grapes grown in the Valle de Uco to the south west of Mendoza at around 1,000 metres above sea level. The height means the grapes get long, sunny days to ripen and chilly nights to lock in that flavour which helps to produce intense and fruity wine that’s full of character, layers and style.
It’s thought that part of Malbec’s popularity over here is down to it’s ease of pronunciation….. but surely it’s down to it’s charm, mouth filling texture and flavours. This one is as deep in flavour as it is in colour which is fitting for Malbec’s meaning which derives from the spanish term mala boca meaning “bad mouth”, a reference to the colour your mouth is left with after a glass or two! Intense in colour and flavour this one is pleasingly ripe and juicy with liquorice, melted chocolate, plum fruit and coffee characters on the nose; violets, red cherry and vanilla, ripe berries, cocoa, mixed spice and ripe tannins on a long rounded finish. Drink it with an alternative Christmas dinner of beef or game or gift it to a friend that has everything… or who thinks they do, this is the definition of affordable luxury.
* Available from: Harvey Nichols stores & www.harveynichols.com, £11.00