The first notes from this wine were overpoweringly oaky and I mistakenly thought it would complement a tender, spiced steak. After the first impression, the oaky taste fell away to give a milder, thinner flavour that was disappointingly washed away by the strong meaty flavours and I would recommend that this wine accompany a less intense meat, such as pork.
The label spoke of chocolates and spicy red fruits and I felt that these were initially hidden by the oak and sharp, almost biting tannins.
Only later did the spice and the bitter chocolate flavour become apparent, giving a lovely aftertaste.
The Trivento Reserva Shiraz Malbec is very good value and I would buy this as a softer option to a Cabernet Sauvignon.