malbec, Red Wines

Co-op Irresistible Chilean Malbec is Suitable for Vegans

After trying a couple of Argentinian Malbecs recently, I turned my attention to Chile, another established Malbec producing country in the New World. Winner of the International Wine Challenge Bronze Award in 2017, Co-op’s Irresistable Bio Bio Valley Malbec is good vegan-friendly Malbec from Chile, for only £7.00.


The Co-op Chilean Malbec is Suitable for Vegans

The Coop Chilean Malbec Vegan Friendly
Vegan Malbec from Chile, £7.00 from The Co-operative


Co-op Irresistible Malbec Review 

Grape: 100% Malbec

Price: £7.00

Labelled Vegan Wine: Yes

Uncorked Vegan Rating: 8/10


Malbec from the Bio Bio Valley, Chile

One of the most southern wine-producing regions of Chile, the Bio Bio Valley wine region has been gaining attention over the past decade as a place of interest for winemaking and wine investment. A moderate Mediterranean climate means that it has a longer growing season due to cooler temperatures – which in turn makes it suitable for a variety of wine varietals, particularly aromatic whites such as Riesling and Viognier. Interestingly, Malbec isn’t a focus of the wine region; currently, the region actually focuses more on local red varietals; Pais, Yumbel and Mulchen.


Labelled Vegan Malbec from The Co-op

Coop Malbec Vegan
Red wine labelled vegan-friendly from The Co-op supermarket: Irresistible Malbec


In the glass, it still exhibits the inky purple colour traditional to Malbec, but there’s more ruby-magenta notes. Compared to the Vinalba Argentinian Malbec I tried last weekend (read the review here), it’s not quite as fruit-forward; the nose is earthier, with distinctive smokiness to complement the rich black fruits. Cherry, plum and damson are prominent, and there’s a hint of something else; blueberry, or fennel, perhaps.

Tasting it offers, again, less of a fruit-forward Malbec than the Vinalba. Tannins are elegant, tart blackcurrant shows light acidity, and warming spice lingers on the finish. For £7.00 it’s a great value vegan red wine. It has a lovely texture, and the interesting oak, smoke and leather notes make it more interesting to drink than if it were a fruit bomb. Pairing it with food opens up the fruit flavours, too, so it almost feels like drinking two different wines! For this, I’d give it 8/10.


I hope you’re stocking up ahead of World Malbec Day on 17th April!











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