Mighty Malbec

In this chilly season, the next best thing to a roaring fire is a glass of warming Malbec. Its fruit is always deep and dark – imagine a mulberry eloping with a stick of liquorice. In Argentina, which has claimed Malbec as its signature red grape, it’s a classic steak pairing, but brilliant too with smoky dishes and even rich umami glazes in Japanese recipes. And blue cheese with Malbec is a taste sensation.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

Specially Selected Malbec 2020 (14.5%), £5.79, Aldi. Sleek and bold as an inflatable plum, this Argentinian red is a steal for midweek sipping.

Fairtrade Irresistible Organic Malbec 2019 (13%), £7.50, Co-op. There’s an exotic aroma and liquorice depth to this ace value Fairtrade gem. Seek it!

Tilimuqui Fair-trade Organic Malbec 2020 (13%), £7.99, Waitrose. On offer (down from £11.99) until 2 November and a scented, splendid red to stock up on.

Catena Malbec 2019 (13.5%), £12.50, ndjohn.co.uk. Luxuriant red with fantastic concentration and richness. A full-throttle bottle.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Viñalba Malbec Touriga Naçional Reserve 2019 (14.5%), £9.99, Majestic. A mighty blend: sumptuous, slick, fragrant and rich – the complete warming package.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 17th October 2021



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