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Whether you want to make a single grape varietal wine or a blend, RJS Craft Winemaking kits are made with the finest juices and concentrates to make your favourite wine styles. Use our wine selector to learn more about wines you love and possibly discover new wines that might be your next favourite.

Malbec

The Grape

Malbec is a dark purple wine grape variety that originated in France. It now plays a big role in Argentinian wine production and is grown extensively in other new world wine regions. While Malbec is well known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine, it became less popular in Bordeaux after 1956 when frost killed off 75% of the crop. In France, Cahors is the primary region still growing Malbec, where it is often called Auxerrois or Côt Noir.

The Wines

Argentine and Chilean Malbecs grown in vineyards that get plenty of sunshine are characterized by pronounced fruit flavours, particularly blackberry, plum and black cherry. The fruit notes are accompanied by flavours of chocolate, cocoa powder, violets, and depending on the amount of oak used, a sweet tobacco finish. French style Malbecs, like those of South America, are dark in colour. However, they tend to be less fruity with leathery notes and flavours of tart currant and black plum.

The Occasions

Any occasion that requires firing up the grill pairs well with opening a bottle of Malbec. Because it doesn’t have a super long finish, Malbec is a good choice to serve with leaner red meats, like lamb, flank steak or pork, and dark meat poultry. Its softer tannins make it an easy-drinking wine that can handle the herbs and spices often used on grilled meats.

 
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Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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En Primeur Winery Series
Malbec
Chile
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Malbec
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series Chile Malbec

A brilliant bouquet of dark fruits with subtle hints of oak, vanilla, and spices. Strong plum and berry flavours balanced by moderate tannins on the palate.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins will enhance the bouquet and contribute soft velvety tannins for a round, juicy mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Perfect with pasta and spicy sausage or BBQ chicken.

Cru Select
Malbec
Chile
H | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: H | M | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Malbec
Sweetness Dry
Oak Heavy
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select Chile Style Malbec

Aromas of crushed blackberries and vanilla follow through to a densely packed palate boasting chocolate and abundant oak tones. This wine showcases the Malbec grape at its best.

Food Pairings

Serve with duck confit or country-style ribs and BBQ sauce.

Cru Select
Cabernet Malbec Carménère
Chile
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Carménère
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select Chile Style Cabernet Malbec Carménère

Strong notes of green pepper, dark fruit, and leather define this rich dark wine. Smooth tannins grace the palate followed by blackberries and spice.

Food Pairings

Perfect with Chilean dishes such as corn and meat pie or grilled beef tenderloin with cilantro sauce.

Cru International
Malbec Syrah
Argentina
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru International
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 5
Varietal Malbec
Syrah
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru International Argentina Malbec Syrah Style

Argentina’s best known and cherished red grape, Malbec, is blended with spicy Syrah to create a wine with pleasant toasty aromas and hints of cherry and dark fruit on the palate.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Pair with honey garlic chicken wings or beef brisket.

Cru International
Malbec
Chile
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Cru International
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 5
Varietal Malbec
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru International Chile Malbec Style

Warm spice notes and aromas and flavours of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant. Chile is well known for these chewy, deep, rustic red wines with intense cherry flavours and blended oak undertones.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Enjoy with chicken drumsticks and Asian BBQ sauce or Mexican fajitas.

Grand Cru
Malbec
 
M | M | D
Varietal/Style: Grand Cru
Profile: M | M | D
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Weeks 4
Varietal Malbec
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Grand Cru Malbec Style

This popular rustic red wine has a soft, rich texture, silky tannins, and fills your palate with ripe plums, currants, cherries, and red berries.

Food Pairings

Enjoy with spaghetti and meatballs or beef burritos.