The latest vintage of La Fraccion's Malbec has arrived and we think this is the best yet.  The wine has aromas of blackberries and raspberries and the strong berry fruit flavours are carried through to the taste where the soft tannins combine with a little background oak to give a good mouthfeel.  This wine is ideal with red meat, pasta or cheese.

 Malcolm and Sue Smith planted 7 acres of Malbec vines in 2004 and they do all the work in their vineyards themselves (except when they need a horse or a tractor).  The vines are planted close to the town of San Rafael in the southern region of the Mendoza province, at a height over 800 metres above sea level.  The climate is very dry with over 300 days of sunshine a year so the vines are irrigated by rivers supplied by meltwater from the Andes.  

The brand name of the wines, La Fraccion, means the same in Spanish as English. It represents the tiny piece of land that is cultivated by the Smiths.  They make two styles of wine: the Malbec, which is slightly oaked and the Malbec - 'Seleccion de Barrica’, which has been aged in French and American oak barrels for a year.