Los Haroldos Chacabuco Malbec Rose, Mendoza, Argentina 2019


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To all our rose lovers out there…this really is something very special! Although Malbec rose is becoming more popular, a lot of Malbec growers choose to exclusively make red wine from their Malbec grapes as it commands relatively high prices. Luckily for us however Los Haroldos wanted to experiment and we are so glad they did as this is one of the most vibrant, food friendly roses we have ever tried.

The multi award winning Los Haroldos is a family owned, family run winery which has now been passed on through 3 generations. The front of the bottle shows their journey which started with a young man (Don Lolo Falasco) taking bottles of wine into Buenos Aires in the basket on the front of his bicycle to sell. They then followed their dreams and moved to Mendoza to build a winery which is now full of state-of-the-art winemaking equipment. They are producing a wide range of award-winning wines at varying price points and awarding body Harpers Wine Stars confirms that with their latest vintages “they continue to produce excellent wines with a very good price-quality relationship”, in other words – the wines are fantastic value for money. Chacabuco is an unoaked range focused on primary fruit character and named after the suburb of Buenos Aires where the family originated.

Made from 100% Malbec grapes sourced from premium and highly sought after vineyard areas of Tupungato and Uco Valley in Mendoza. These vineyards are at an altitude of 1100 metres above sea level leading to a huge diurnal temperature difference, this is where the quality is at in Argentina and these grapes are perfect for this fresh, bright style of rose.

The fruit characteristics here almost jump out of the glass with vibrant strawberry and cherry notes. This has so much more substance than many of the lighter styles of rose but still remains crisp and refreshing. Not only do we get red fruit notes here but also a hint of pineapple with a creamy finish.

If there was ever a food friendly rose then this would be it!! Extremely easy to drink on its own but so versatile with food. Try it with feta cheese and watermelon salad or a Spanish platter with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese and olives – it is divine.

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