Malbec is one of our best-selling reds, so we’re always on the lookout for exciting examples to share with our thirsty customers. This one comes to you from exceptional 2015, which “could be the Cape’s most thrilling vintage yet,” says top critic and Master of Wine Tim Atkin.
North Bank is crafted at South Africa’s historic (and stunning) Spier Estate, where they’ve been making wines since the late 1600s. Their talented winemaker, Lizanne Jordaan, is something of a Malbec dynamo who loves nothing more than proving the world’s top selections aren’t just from Argentina. We think she’s made her case quite deliciously with this velvety gem – and we want to know what you think.
Lizanne used fruit grown near the estate’s North Bank (home to Spier’s award-winning hotel). Just like its Argentine counterparts, South African Malbec benefits from intense sunshine, cool mountain breezes and high altitudes, which yield ripe, fresh fruit. Lizanne aged just a third of the wine in French oak for six months, imparting a delicate, spicy complexity to the concentrated, rich black fruit flavor. As you would expect, North Bank pairs well with steak and other hearty dishes. Thanks to the wine’s refreshing edge and full-fruited flavors, it’s also delicious on its own.
You’ll have to move quickly to get your hands on a bottle of this limited-production red – if you’re a Malbec lover, it’s sure to be a new favorite.