The Andeluna Pasionado Malbec is a stunning example of vegan red wine. Andeluna's award winning range of Pasionado wines are only made in exceptional vintages, and as such only the very best grapes go into it. They are sourced from a vineyard 1300m above sea level with high diurnal temperature swings, and the cool night and hot, sunlit days mean that despite reaching full ripeness, the grapes maintain a freshness and purity that isn't barred by excess sugar.
On the palate, the wine is everything you'd expect from great Mendozan Malbec, with masses of ripe red fruit supported by a hint of cocoa, and a cosy, smoky vanilla note from the oak maturation. Despite its depth, it's still delicate, floral almost, and the extra layer of class and winemaking skill is distinctive throughout. This is a special wine for special occasions, so serve some special food accordingly...
The grapes were hand picked and hand selected bunch by bunch before crushing, to make sure only the best berries made it through. After fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak casks. No animal-based fining agents or winery aids were used during the vinification.
Andeluna is a modern, innovative producer based in Mendoza, Argentina. Utilising the best techniques and consultancy from both the Old World and New, they are producing wines of global prestige with forward-thinking and vegan-friendly technology.
The Andeluna Pasionado Malbec is a delicious red wine that is easy to drink. Made from 100% Malbec grapes, the Pasionado Malbec from Andeluna Wines can be enjoyed alone or with a meal, making it a red wine of choice for entertaining. The Andeluna Pasionado has won multiple awards over the years, including placing twice in gold and silver in the Argentina Wine Awards, receiving 92 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine for the 2005 vintage, a 92-point rating from Tim Atkin for the 2012 vintage, and a 93-point rating from Descorchados for the 2008 vintage.
The name "Andeluna" evokes the gorgeous scenery of the Andes Mountains under the light of a full Argentinian moon. Andeluna Wines is a boutique winery with estate-owned vineyards founded in 2003 by the partnership of an American businessman and a passionate Argentinian vintner. Michel Rolland, a French specialist and wine guru, works with winemaker Silvio Alberto to create boutique wines from their low-yield vines. The winery and vineyards cover almost 200 acres and are located 1,300 meters above sea level in the Uco Valley of the Mendoza region. Their 4,500 square meter wine cellar and in-house laboratory allow them to produce wines to a high standard. The winery now combines top-of-the-line winemaking processes with the culture and terroir of Mendoza to produce award-winning red wines.
The hand-picked grapes go through a second careful selection process once they arrive within the winery. The selected whole grape bunches with their stems then undergo pre-fermentation maceration with dry ice, a process called carbonic maceration. The carbon monoxide released by the dry ice draws out enzymes in the grapes to break down sugars into alcohol. These enzymes begin the fermentation process rather than yeast or other micro-organisms to create a unique flavour. The resulting product is racked to drain off sediment, then undergoes a second round of maceration for ten days. The Andeluna Pasionado Malbec wine is then aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months, then bottled for at least 12 months before being released.
Malbec originated in France, but responded so poorly to the cool climate that it was rarely cultivated in great numbers. In the nineteenth century, however, the Malbec vine was brought to Mendoza, Argentina, where it truly began to thrive, eventually becoming the ubiquitous red wine known worldwide today. Rocky and calcareous soils combined with a dry climate of hot, bright days and cold nights, result in concentrated flavours in the grapes with low production per acre. Drip canopy irrigation provides each vine with the water they need to thrive in the dry high altitudes, then are hand-picked throughout the harvesting time when they reach peak condition.
The rounded sweet tannins and full-bodied nature of this Pasionado Malbec wine, combined with aromas of ripe red fruits and floral notes of violet, are part of what makes this Argentine Malbec so delicious. The oak casks the wine is aged in impart notes of vanilla, tobacco, and white chocolate. These aromas linger for a lasting finish.
The Andeluna Pasionado can be stored for a time, and then decanted at 16 degrees Celsius. It has a slightly higher-than-average alcohol content at 14.5%, so it can result in a heady sensation if a few glasses are enjoyed alone. The low tannin content allows it to pair well with lean meats such as fillet mignon or cuts of pork, but you may also enjoy this Argentine Malbec wine with roast duck and other fowl with gamy flavours. Avoid heavy cream sauces when pairing a Malbec wine with pasta, and instead choose a pesto or light tomato cream sauce to compliment this wine.
For a vegetarian dish, Malbec wine compliments Cajun flavours, barbecue, black pepper, and asiago and other hard cheeses. Incorporating these flavours with baked potatoes, roast cauliflower, and grilled tofu creates a pleasing complement to the wine. For an authentic Argentinian touch, try incorporating Argentinian condiments like chimichurri.
Vegetarian/Vegan - Yes/Yes
Milk/Eggs - No/No
Containes Sulphites - Yes
ABV - 14.5%