40 dollars: Chateau Tire-Pe "les Malbecs", Bordeaux 2012
My time in Bordeaux gave me a deep love of tannic, savoury red wines that marry so well with the local gastronomy that is laden with succulent meats like beef and duck.
This is my kind of wine! Raw, vibrant fruit, gritty, natural and astringent. Guttural tannins, visceral acidity, gripping length. Wild, raw and pure. Sumptuous in a primeval way! Release your hidden caveman! Go to Victor Churchill, purchase meat, return home with your kill and devour!
Malbec: everyone's favourite Neanderthal grape variety! Get some!
Australia's leading wine review publication - www.winefront.com.au - rated this wine 93 points out of 100: "Bramble fruit, crushed rocks and violets, spice and earthy, almost a licorice character to it. It's medium bodied, fleshy and meaty, gentle acidity and thick gravelly tannin, blue fruit and spices - distinct "mineral" feel throughout, and a sense of wildness and unfettered joy. Beautiful to drink, especially for those seeking not too much polish and winemaking artifice."
And also reviewed by Max Allen in Australian Gourmet Traveller: "I'd never tried a 100% Malbec from Bordeaux before so this was a real treat: dense purple, firm and sinewy at first, though time in the glass revealed deep flavours of juniper, liquorice and plums."