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Mauricio Lorca, Malbrontés

Mauricio Lorca, Malbrontés Winery

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Vista Flores Vineyards
Mendoza, Argentina

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We’ve become familiar with winemakers adding a splash of aromatic white to a rich red to enhance the flavour; Shiraz/ Viognier being the blend that readily springs to mind. So in retrospect, Malbec and Torrontés (Malb...+...rontés – geddit?) was a marriage waiting to happen. Multi-talented Mauricio Lorca is the winemaker who has brought them together, and we’re happy to bring you this world first.

To be honest this wine caused a stir. It was strongly voted-in during the blind tasting but, when revealed, sparked a fierce sommelier debate (cue explosion of Gallic shrugs and arm waving) about how it was a ‘Marmite moment’ and how 'a straight Malbec would be safer'. Zut alors! Quel drama! But, as our mission is to bring you the world’s most interesting wines, that would be a cop-out, so here it is; we think you can handle it!


Mauricio is one of the new breed of winemakers from the high-altitude Valle de Uco - if you enjoyed our Fantasia Cabernet, you’ll know how good this area is – who believes that true fruit and terroir will always shine. Only 15% of the Malbec sees new French oak, so it retains its spicy cassis, whilst the aromatic Torrontés is from La Rioja.


Cool at 15°.


Think rugged and rich, so barbequed spiced chicken, rib-eye steak, or lamb chops with aubergine caponata. But best of all is (cue drum roll) ... Haggis! Yes, really.


Making up your own wine names; the inadvisable Shiraz-Torrontés blend is just an accident waiting to happen.


Young, but already satisfying; well-balanced, velvety fruit with just a lightly floral note. It’s even gentle enough to consider drinking without food. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more blends like this emerge.
Jancis Robinson MW