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Malbec

Vitis vinifera 'Malbec'

Wine grape 'Malbec' (Eng.) , Wyndruif 'Malbec' (Afr.)

Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine, grown mostly in Argentina, it is known for its plump, dark fruit flavors and smoky finish. Malbec quickly became known as a blending grape in Bordeaux’s top 5 wine grapes. However, because of the grapes’ poor resistance to weather and pests, it never surfaced as a top French variety. Instead, it found a new home in Mendoza, Argentina.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Bunches of grapes harvested in late summer.

Propagation

Cuttings
Hardwood cuttings are taken from dormant shoots, each cutting must have 4 buds, placing 3 under the soil level, using rooting hormone will help improve the rate of rooting.

Special features

Autumn colour
Leaves turn red in autumn.
Attracts birds
Birds love sweet grapes!
Hedge plant
Train up as a pergola or formal structure to make an effective hedge.

Geography

Origin
Europe, France
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
Fruit and leaves are edible and a favourite in making red wine.

Personality

Family
Vitaceae
Flower colour
Green
Scent
None

Problems

Malbec is very susceptible to various diseases and viticultural hazards, most notably frost, coulure, downey mildew and rot.
Botrytis
Botrytis
Botrytis cinerea

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