Salta is the world’s highest winemaking region, sitting high in the Andes at a touch over 3000m. Such elevation, on its own, would making ripening fruit a challenge, but here, Salta’s northerly latitude (heading towards the equator) means that sunshine is ample and fruit is allowed a long growing season. Due to the altitude, vines do not produce excessive fruit, but what they do produce is deeply concentrated with thick skins. Colome’s ‘Estate’ Malbec is a classic example of wine from this region: deeply coloured, rich in it’s flavour but very round and soft on the palate. It is driven by plum, mulberry and cassis flavours, with its edges softened by gentle oak usage. It fills the palate and proves to be extremely easy drinking, showing why Malbec is such a popular grape variety/wine style these days. – Ches Cook, FWC.