Chilean Malbec from The Co-op
I don't know always what to make of Chile; a country with huge potential, the wines are often too big and heavy-handed.
Fortunately, this Bio Bio Malbec is just the sort of thing the country can do well; a well-made Big Plump Red with plenty of freshness.
They've taken Argentina's signature red grape, balanced the New World fruit levels with Old World freshness and the result is very impressive indeed. It even a has a bit of age.
It's vegan but matches best with red meat, so you can make a nod to Veganuary with your wine choice.
Irresistible Bio Bio Malbec 2016 (£7.95, The Co-op) dark, black fruits, violets, spice, pencil shavings and liquorice; fresh, supple and savoury. Plump and inky yet focused with fine, rounded tannins. Well-made, accomplished and harmonious.
Good and Good Value.
Match with roast lamb or rare steak. If you are doing Veganuary, try it with griddled courgette and aubergine drizzled with balsamic vinegar.