In Search Of South African Malbec Wines: Dornier Malbec

Malbec  is now so popular; the grape has its own holiday.  International Malbec Day , which is also known as  #MalbecWorldDay  and its cele...

Malbec is now so popular; the grape has its own holiday. International Malbec Day, which is also known as #MalbecWorldDay and its celebrated every April 17.

Malbec grapes originated in France and play a big role in the wine production of Argentina. The flavours and aromas of wines made from Malbec grapes include blackberry, cherry, plums, and chocolate. Other characteristics of Malbec wines include inky-black colouring, soft or high tannins, and high acidity.

Malbec wines aren't as popular as wines made from other red grape varieties, but their popularity is growing as wine drinkers seek out new and different wine experiences.
Malbec is also cultivated in South Africa.  Although most of the wine makers use it in a blend or a Bordeaux-style blend, there are also wine estates that make a 100% malbec.

With Malbec World Day in mind, WineTourismZA went Malbec-hunting in the Cape Winelands and found the following vineyards that produce Malbec wine:

Dornier Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)

Dornier Malbec 

Simon Luboya at the wine tasting lounge introduced me to their 2014 Malbec.
Dornier Malbec: The nose on this wine is full of dark berries and plum with hints of violets. The palate is rich in texture and shows characteristics of berry, dark chocolate and juicy fruit.

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More South African wineries where WineTourismZA found malbec wine.

If your Malbec-producing vineyard is not included above, please email me the details to I would love to come and visit you!

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