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.