Malbec produces a very large oval berry that hangs loosely in a medium-sized bunch that drops easily. Malbec is mid ripening and at risk to spring frosts. These are generic growing characteristics of this varietal. Rootstock selection will impact the production, ripening and growth patterns of any varietal material.
Malbec is often used to soften the tannins in strong wines like Cabernet Sauvignon.
Malbec, also known as Cot, is an old variety. First mentioned in 1761 as Noir de Pressac in Pomerol, France, Malbec is a cross of Prunelard and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes.