Although Malbec wines are produced around the world, most of us will immediately think of Argentina. Originally a Bordeaux grape, Malbec grapes are now the most important grape in Argentina, accounting for about half the country’s exports. After much success with other vegan-friendly wines from Aldi, I thought it was high-time to try out Aldi’s Exquisite Collection Malbec, which retails at just £5.99.
Vegan Malbec From Aldi – Tasting Notes
With a beautiful inky purple colour and an intense nose of stewed red fruit, plums and prune, this wine from Aldi promises rich flavours and good body. Tasting it, you can enjoy a rich fruit-laden character of more red fruit and blackberry, with the addition of warm spice (cinnamon), plump tannins and subtle violet.
Although enjoyable, the mouthfeel felt a little underdeveloped, and the finish was certainly shorter than expected- however, Malbecs traditionally don’t have a particulary long finish. Intense but short-lived, this makes for a good vegan Malbec that doesn’t cost very much at all. I’ve given it 6 out 10 because for £5.99, it’s a reliable, easy-drinking vegan wine for everyday occasions.
Labelled Vegan Wine from Aldi – Argentina Malbec
Aldi Exquisite Malbec Facts
Region: Uco Valley, Argentina
Grape: 100% Malbec
Labelled Vegan Wine: Yes
Uncorked Vegan Rating: 6/10
Food Pairings for Malbec Wines
Given the traditional wine and food match of Malbec and steak, vegans may be tempted to avoid this full to medium-boded red wine, fearful that it is a wine that only pairs with red meat and cheese. However, this is categorically not the case; due to their medium-body and moderate tannins, Malbec wines pair very well with roasted vegetables, vegetables that offer a strong umami taste (such as mushrooms), nuts, garlic, and savoury herbs. Without further ado…
Malbec Food Pairing: Stuffed Peppers
This healthy vegan dinner idea is ridiculously simple – and ticks all the boxes for a good vegan food pairing for Malbec. Slow-roasted red peppers stuffed with wild rice, woodland mushrooms and shallots, served with rosemary-baked sweet potato is the BEST food pairing idea for Malbec wines that exhibit strong red-fruit characters.
Did you know that World Malbec Day is on April 17th this year? What are you celebrating with?