Wine for the Weekend – Piedra Negra Malbec

There were a few sore heads in the Esquire office today after a – frankly epic – evening of karaoke. (The Editor’s rendition of Aqua’s Barbie Girl will take some beating.) So when we were wondering what to recommend for the weekend, it had to be something really enticing – not to mention suitable to accompany the large amount of carbohydrate-based food we will doubtless be eating this evening.

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Cue a malbec: even the big-shouldered bottle speaks of its full-bodied contents. This particular drop, Piedra Negra, hails from the Andes, where it is grown at an altitude of 1,100m. Open the bottle, and the wine shows real balance and maturity (two things lacking in the Esquire team last night). On the nose, think blackcurrants and soft spice, coffee and tobacco. Flavour-wise, it has a fair heft of tannin, combined with black fruit and – typically of a malbec – violets.

It is spot on with steak and chips. With robust pasta. With charcuterie and cheese. In fact, it’s the perfect accompaniment to an evening in. £25 at Harrods (harrods.com)