The Malbec grape variety is a purple - skinned red wine grape that has a dark, inky colour and strong robust tannins within. Malbec is one of the six grapes allowed to be used in red Bordeaux wine blends. It is a popular belief among many people that this variety has been named after a Hungarian peasant who first spread this variety throughout the nation of France. Midway through the growing season, the fruit ripens and produces intensely - coloured, small and juicy grapes. French Malbec is more rustic, meaty and tannic while Malbecs from Australia tend to be uniform in ripeness, richness and juiciness. These wines are usually aged in oak so as to enhance the aging potential and structure of the wine. Aromas of coffee, mocha, black pepper, milk chocolate and gravel flow from the nose while the palate overflows with plum, blueberry and pomegranate flavours supported by vanilla oak characters.