2014 Desierto 25 Malbec, Bodega del Desierto, Patagonia

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With a climate that winemaker Paul Hobbs describes as “like a blast furnace” with “frost, heat and driving winds”, it may stretch credulity to assert that it is not only possible to produce wine in the Patagonian desert, but also that it is actually incredibly good. Despite the extremes of temperature, there are huge benefits that come with such a hostile environment – namely the absence of any disease or pest to trouble the vines. This is quite different from the richer style of Mendoza Malbec. Fresh and appealing, it has aromas full of ripe red cherries and a leafy, herbaceous lift. The pal