Talking Wine

THE RISE OF ROSÉ

Rosé is a very casual yet sophisticated every day drinking style of wine. It ticked along quietly for several decades but now with its light style and fruitiness has become a fast-growing trend. The common perception of rosé wines as just an inexpensive holiday tipple are long gone.

An incredible variety of bars & restaurants in Dubai are offering ‘happy hours’ after work encouraging guests to ease their mind away from their hectic work and lifestyle and spend more time socializing with family and friends accompanied by attractive offers on drinks – this is the perfect time for a glass or two of chilled rosé. The Sharing concept of dining is also very popular with increasing numbers of Mediterranean style restaurants, and rosé wines fit perfectly to create the atmosphere of relaxed chic.

MMI has more than 50 Rosé wines to offer covering regions of the New World such as Mendoza, Central Valley of California, Somerset West and the Barossa Valley to the Old World such as Rioja, Sicily, Bekaa Valley, the South of France, the Loire Valley and of course the trendy whilst traditional Provence.

Look out for magnums and larger sizes of several of our rosé wines too.

Some recent premium introductions to the MMI Rosé Portfolio:

Château Minuty, M de Minuty | AED 75
Mirabeau Pure | AED 85
Château les Valentines Rosé | AED 95

The wines of Craggy Range have always been synonymous with quality and attention to detail, with the winery receiving a number of internationally recognized awards.

Terry Peabody, owner and founder, visited Dubai recently and presented his great wines to some of Dubai’s top sommeliers. A new addition to the MMI range is the fresh, balanced Craggy Range Rosé from the Gimblett Gravels vineyards in Hawkes Bay. It’s lovely, pale colour and beautiful aromatics of wild strawberries and peach lead to subtle berry and stone fruit flavours on the long, refreshing palate. 

Find it in our Al Hamra and Le Clos stores for AED 100.

LABEL IN FOCUS – Torres Altos Ibéricos Crianza

Torres has taken its Altos Ibéricos Crianza to the next level by introducing a very bright and eye catching new label. Altos Ibéricos was named after a beautiful place Altos Otero where the winery is located in the town of Labastida, north of the Iberian Peninsula in. The new label was inspired by the classic design of Rioja wines representing its predecessors.

This beautiful wine is cherry red in colour, having a deep, clean nose while displaying white floral and red fruit aromas, which combine harmoniously with oak-imparted notes of spices and toast. Fresh and velvety upon entry, it gradually unfolds across the palate to reveal fine, soft tannins.

Conceived as the perfect match for the latest trends in avant-garde cuisine, particularly all types of tapas prepared with fresh ingredients; red meat, oily fish, and cheese.

Altos Ibéricos Crianza | AED 70

FROM FRENCH CÔT TO ARGENTINIAN MALBEC

From being somewhat unfashionable and difficult in its original home of south-west of France, Malbec has boomed as the flagship variety of Argentina.

Malbec, or its original name Côt, was born in France and has been used for decades to add body and colour to Bordeaux blends. However it has always been used sparingly around the Dordogne  as it is particularly susceptible to rot such as downy mildew and coulure, not good in a wine-making region with relatively high rainfall and moisture. Following the disastrous Bordeaux winter of 1956 when many vines were killed by extreme frosts, Cot was ripped out and in many cases replaced with more trendy varieties such as Cabernet and Merlot. Now it exists mainly in the South West region of Cahors where some decent, if often rustic, wines are being produced.

It wasn’t until the 19th century this beautiful grape was recommended by French agronomists to Argentinian winemakers in order to bolster the overall quality of Latin wines. In the foothills of the spectacular Mendozan mountains, Malbec found its new home, ripening beautifully under the endless sun and suffering little of the rot it once knew. Good Argentine Malbec, and there is a great deal of it for Argentina is one of the world’s most prolific wine producers, is deeply coloured, spicily rich with an exuberant juiciness and a trademark velvety texture. Some Malbecs are made for long ageing but generally the wines have much softer tannins than Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon, for example. With its high levels of alcohol and fruit, Argentine Malbec is not difficult to like.

With the seemingly insatiable appetite for steak in Dubai, it’s little wonder Malbec has risen to become the third most popular red variety in our portfolio (behind only Cabernet and Shiraz). This wine is perfectly suited to char-grilled flavours and typically offers greater structure than its more supple cousin, Merlot. With many great Malbecs in our portfolio, MMI are sure to have the right wine to suit you.

3 great value Malbecs to try this weekend:

Santa Julia Malbec | AED 36
Fuzion Alta Reserva Malbec | AED 45
Familia Zuccardi Serie A Malbec | AED 56