Wine of the Month
GRAN LURTON Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec 2013 Argentina
With this inaugural “Wine of the Week” column for the Sydney Times we want to start a new tradition of sharing and recommending really“top value wines that outperform their price category” or “punch above their weight” to use the oft quoted “Aussie vernacular”. I have previously promoted some of the Top Value wines in the ALDI range before, including the MONSIGNY Premier Crus Champagne last New Years eve but I have mixed emotions about the success of our Tip off,..because this “cracker of a Champagne”,.. worth twice its price by my reckoning,..(RRP price was a ridiculous $25.00!),..was sold out within days!
I suspect members of the Sydney hospitality trade connected to me or the @sydneytimeswineclub on FB or Linkedin, looking for Top Value,..did a lightning swoop on all Metropolitan ALDI stores!
I hope this wine GRAN LURTON Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec 2013 Argentina,…doesn’t suffer the same fate!
*Tasting of the GRAN LURTON Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec 2013 Argentina.
Now the first thing that struck me about this wine was the unmistakeable Classic Bordeaux like structure,..In appearance the wine has a dense Dark colour, and the bouquet is redolent of dark berries, tobacco and black fruits with integrated vanillan oak.It offers up a complex nose which straight away hints at the Fine Wine category,..This is not a simple commercial wine,..that was clear at the outset.The Bordeaux structure on the nose becomes even more apparent on the palate,…..the Top Quality Argentine Mendoza fruit nicely framed by a Bordeaux structure ,…. giving complexity and an elegant and refined structure,… that one generally only encounters with Top class Cru Bourgeois or even Classified Growth Bordeaux wines.
Hardly surprising then, that this wine is made by the Bordeaux based family Francois LURTON in Mendoza,Argentina.The official production unit is Bodega Piedra Negra (François Lurton) and it has quite a lot of bottle age being a 2013 ,..not bad for this price point!