Take two wines
Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2009 Mendoza
Pretty chunky, but balanced and smooth, with a wealth of luscious cherries, blackberries, plums and damsons, topped off with chocolate and mint. Plenty of bite and a generous spicy finish. 14pc alc. €14.99 Available from Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street; Red Island Wines, Skerries; 64 Wine Glasthule; wineshop.ie.
Michel Torino Coleccion Malbec
A medium-bodied easy drinker; not hugely complex but very satisfying; well-rounded and dominated by plenty of juicy dark fruit, with spicy touches. ?9.99 Available from Carrolls, Kilkenny; Bramley Lodge, Fota, Co Cork; The Grapevine, Dublin 9; The Wine Boutique, Dublin 4; Kellers, Roscrea; Deveneys, Dundrum; Val Manning's Emporium, Bantry.