In the cooler climate of Patagonia in the south of Argentina, Malbec wines tend to be fresh and elegant; expressing rich fruit flavours, spice, and chocolate. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to try one! As it happens, Morrison’s sell Malbec from Patagonia, and it’s a very affordable vegan-suitable wine option. Personally, I think £10 for this Malbec is well worth it. This single-varietal is produced by Bordeaux-born Hervé J. Fabre, using minimal intervention and complimentary oak-aging.
Vinalba Malbec is Vegan-Friendly
Vinalba Patagonia Malbec Facts
Grape: 100% Malbec
Labelled Vegan Wine: Yes.
Uncorked Vegan Rating: 9/10
Vinalba Malbec Tasting Notes
Colour: Beautiful inky purple colour, tinged with magenta (a classic indicator of Malbec).
Nose: prominent black cherry, blueberry, cacao, and vanilla spice.
Taste: dark chocolate, black cherry and damson with a short but lovely finish. A gorgeous mouthfeel with elegant gentle tannins. Some acidity to balance the fruit – overall a very nice, well-rounded wine – and a very nice example of a good vegan Malbec from Argentina. I’ve given this 9/10 because it is both a nice vegan wine that doesn’t cost much, and a solid option for a mid-week wine for dinner. Careful though- it’s 14.5%!
Labelled Vegan Red Wine from Morrisons
Vegan Wines from Vinalba Winery
In total, there are at least four vegan-friendly Vinalba Malbec wines available for £10 or less: I bought the Patagonia Malbec from Morrisons and you can also buy the standard Vinalba Malbec from Morrisons, and Vinalba Malbec Rose is vegan-friendly too. On top of this, Tesco sell Vinalba Malbec Touriga Nacional blend.
However, these are only the Vinalba wines available from supermarkets – the winery itself offers quite a few other interesting single-varietal and blends applauding the Malbec grape. Looking on the website, other UK stockists listed are Waitrose, The Co-operative, and Majestic Wines.
The website it actually one of the best vegan-friendly winery websites I’ve come across: each wine is clearly marked vegetarian and vegan. For those who enjoyed their great value Malbec, the Reserve and Gran Reserve are the next step up. I can’t wait to try them!