Bright, pure, succulent, supple and fresh with proper concentration and yet a lightness of touch – hallmarks of Susana Balbo, a leading winemaker, consultant and inspiration to the Argentine wine industry since the 1980s. It's her son José who now leads the winemaking at El Dominio del Plata, the family estate in Mendoza's high Lujàn de Cuyo region, so he can take credit for the blackberry and black-pepper depth, satin texture and subtle oak of this Malbec, but it was Susana who created the mould originally. It's Malbec, so it goes with meat, not least beef and lamb, and it goes with the kind of dishes you encounter in Cahors, deep in south west France where Malbec has its origins – confit de canard, magret de canard, cassoulet – but it's not too heavy for griddled aubergines and peppers, porcini, root vegetables and other veggie dishes.
Adnams Selection Malbec El Dominio 2017, Mendoza, Argentina
£9.99, Adnams stores in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Lincolnshire and at cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk