Opi Malbec is the award winning signature red wine from Rodolfo ‘Opi’ Sadler, creator of The Waxed Bat which is fantastic and of comparably high quality, taste and drinkablity as The Waxed Bat which I also rate extremely highly!

Opi Malbec is one of Laithwaites’ top 12 best sellers at the time of writing and it is clear why! It is fruity, full of flavour a hint of bite with a nice smooth taste and a buttery after taste that I just adore. I will definitely be ordering this again and it won’t break the bank – plus it is great for when people come over as something a little special.

Gold Medal – Selections Mondiales Montreal 2011, Canada
Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2011, UK
Silver Medal – Argentina Wine Awards 2011, Argentina
Decanter Award – Decanter World Wine Awards 2011, UK

“It has an intense deep red colour; the nose and palate convey harmonious ripe blackberry and plum, underpinned by elegant smoke and vanilla notes from a deft touch of oak. This attractive wine is the perfect partner to red meat dishes, spicy sausages and cheese.” (Opi – taken from the back of the bottle)

“The Malbec grapes were hand-picked from vineyards in the Maipú region of Mendoza, Argentina, where the vines benefit both from long sunshine hours, and an altitude of over 630 metres. The result is grapes with good freshness, fruit concentration and acidity. Six months in oak has given it extra depth and spicy complexity. Dark purple, with intense black fruit and underlying spiciness – this red is in its element with food. Try it with pork and basil sausages or soft cheeses like brie or camembert.” (Nectar Wine Club)

Here is what Laithwaites have to say about it:

“Exclusive Malbec that’s swept judging boards and secured its place as a true favourite! Here’s what Tony has to say about this magnificent Malbec:

I visited him [Opi] last month, and for the cameras tried to get him to reveal just how he makes wines so delicious that he has two permanently in our Top 20. He just shrugged and said that he is only making wine the way his family have made it for generations. That is typical of him … but just not believable. The truth is he has a special gift even if he doesn’t know it. Though the laughter in his eyes suggests that maybe he does.

Enjoy this brambly, spicy classic at your next BBQ and open an hour beforehand – Opi Malbec loves to ‘breathe’ a little. But buy TODAY – Malbec is huge in the US, making UK allocations very precious!” (Laithwaites)

According to Laithwaites: “Chief winemaker at Andean Vineyards, Rodolfo ‘Opi’ Sadler is one of Argentina’s most exciting talents. His winery is one of the most accomplished and awarded in the country, whilst Rodolfo has built up quite a reputation himself, with many accolades to his name. He is also rated among the Top Ten in the country – he scooped ‘Best Malbec of Argentina‘ in 2008, a formidable feat. Not to mention the trophies he’s racked up for his signature red – Opi Malbec.”

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