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on the grapevine; sam wylie-harris ON... MARVELLOUS MALBECS.

AS RED wines go, it's hard to go wrong with a malbec. East to drink, juicy and fruity in flavour, it's a firm favourite in the UK - especially as the warmer weather lures us all outdoors and BBQs start getting fired up (generally speaking, a malbec pairs deliciously with a flame-grilled hunk of steak).

It can be daunting when faced with a shelf full of malbec - and tempting to plump for a Chilean - but as a general rule when choosing, Fiona Mottershaw, brand manager for Left Field wines, recommends opting for one that's been bottled by the producer.

"That's usually a sign of quality," she says. "And stick with the old mantra, 'you get what you pay for'."

So, whether you're splashing out or stocking up ahead of Brexit, try these delicious drops of moreish malbec...

The Party Malbec, (PS14, M&S): Just the name of this wine puts it in the must-buy category. If you're in need of a party in a bottle, try this little Argentinian number - elegant and bright, with notes of plums, cherries and liquorice.

Irresistible Bio Bio Malbec (PS8, Co-op stores): This is a great go-to from Chile. It's 100% malbec with a very quaffable edge, and the hedonistic notes of chocolate and coffee are a real treat.

Left Field Malbec (PS13.99, Wine Rack): Rich and delicious yet still smooth, the intense blackberry flavours, ripened in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, are kissed by liquorice and chocolate.

Exquisite Collection Argentinian Malbec (PS6.29, Aldi): Aldi's multi award-winning malbec is bright and intense, presenting blackberries and plums for a long and fruity finish. A total bargain and a big hit with customers - it's the perfect match for a medium-rare steak.

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec (PS16.99, Majestic stores): The long summers in Argentina's Mendoza really do make their wine pack a punch. This award-winner is smooth and rich, enveloping the tongue with a soft black fruit flavour. Divine.

Gold Label Malbec (PS7, M&S stores): For one of those subtle French numbers Kleinig mentions, this mediumbodied red zings with plums and blueberries, and is a snip at just PS7.

Finca Las Moras Barrel Select Malbec (currently reduced to PS6.25 from PS8.25, Co-op stores): For a blast of pure black fruits, this Argentinian slips down rather too well. Equally great with a burger or a handful of nuts.

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Apr 21, 2019
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