Diseño Malbec Review – Old Vine Malbec (2021)

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What Kind of Wine Is Diseño Malbec?

Having just finished watching The Queen’s Gambit, this lively little red reminded me of the main actress in the series. It is full-bodied and jam-packed with allure. It could fulfill the role of an intelligent and elegant accompaniment to a hearty meal, or a companionable wine to sip in an armchair by the fire. If you are one who enjoys simple pleasures, then Diseño Malbec will not disappoint. It is always a charismatic, flavorsome, quintessential palate pleaser.


Diseño Malbec Review

  • Winery — Diseño
  • Country/Region — Mendoza, Argentina
  • Type — Argentinian Malbec
  • Aroma — Berries, Oak, Smoky Leather
  • Grapes — Malbec
  • Taste — Earthy, Blueberry, Chocolate
  • Alcohol Content — 13.5%
  • Sugar — Dry
  • Pairing — Beef, Pork, Lamb, Roasted Vegetables

Diseño Malbec is considered one of the most drinkable, affordable red wines. So, its popularity continues to grow. This Argentinian Malbec can stand proudly on any dinner table when paired with a strongly- flavored meal. It is also great as a solo drink as it is heartwarming and nurturing. Simply a wine to be enjoyed rather than debated.

Overall Rating: 4.1

Positives
  • Fruity
  • Rich
  • Inexpensive
Negatives
  • Needs More Tannin

Tasting Notes

This surprisingly inexpensive wine is well-balanced and has a velvety texture. There is just enough acidity, created by the tannins and fruit to create an intensity of flavor. If you like your red wine with a touch of boldness, you will love Diseño Malbec and, surprisingly, the Diseño Malbec price. It sneaks in an unusually floral element, beautifully set against the earthy background. All things considered, this cannot be anything but a favorable review!

Appearance

Diseño Malbec wine has a deep, dark color that has been likened to garnet – the very dark red gemstone. As it pours, it is beautifully opaque and luminous. You can expect a crimson-tinted rim on your wine glass.

Aroma

The nose is full of the bold aromas of ripe, summer fruits like blueberry and blackberry. There is also a hint of violets. Underneath the fruitiness is the unmistakable beefy hints of oak and smoky leather. This wine announces the return of Autumn, with the smell of bonfires and musty, turning leaves.

Taste

The palate has a brief incursion of berry flavors and a light pluminess. This is slowly followed by a polished, milky chocolate silkiness. It is at this point that the modest refinement dawns on you. Coffee, cocoa, and molasses follow through to a short, but pleasurable end. Diseño Malbec reviews indicate that it could do with an increase of tannins to lengthen the finish.

Finish

A satisfying, yet the short finish is smooth and clean. You are left wanting more of the effortless personality of this wine. It delivers much more than the humble price tag it bears and proves that you don’t always get what you pay for. Sometimes, you get more! That is what you hear from almost every review, so I guess it must be true.

Rating

For some, this is the bottle of wine that a guest brings over, and at first, you consider it with slight disdain. But, after you drain the bottle, you wish they had bought two! Particularly if you are a wine-lover, like me, who is not snobby about everyday wines, you will find this tasty little number, a red to be enjoyed.

Diseño Malbec Food Pairing

This rich, full-bodied wine is perfect when paired with strong, meaty flavors and textures. I am thinking of a braised lamb with roasted Mediterranean vegetables, a hearty beef stew, or sirloin of Ibérico pork. It would also be a welcome guest at a barbeque if paired with a juicy fillet steak well-rested from the grill. Remembering the Argentinian roots of Diseño Malbec, it will, of course, match perfectly with chimichurri and empanadas. Surrounded by all this delicious food, the Diseño Malbec calories almost fade into insignificance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Makes Diseño Malbec?

O. Fournier and Cap Vistalba are the winemakers of Diseño Malbec. The winery is part of E & J Gallo winemaking company. The Diseño Winery is located in the Mendoza region of Argentina.

How Is Diseño Malbec Made?

“Diseño Old Vine Malbec” may be what appears on the label, but that probably refers more to the history of the grape, than to the contents of the bottle. Despite the “old vines” claim, high production Malbec is not always harvested from genuinely old vines. After the clusters are sorted, they are placed in temperature-controlled fermentation tanks. This is followed by cold maceration and aging on oak barrels.

Most Argentine Malbec wines like Diseño Malbec are only aged for about six months in oak barrels. Longer soaking gives a classic “blueberry” aroma. The longer the wine ages in the oak barrel, the higher the price. For those with allergies, it is worth noting that sulfites are one of the ingredients.

Where Is Diseño Malbec Made?

Malbec has found its “forever home” in Argentina, after originating in the Cahors region of France. It flourishes in the soil from the Andes glaciers, where it finds all the rich fertile soil and mineral deposits that it needs. Like the Tango, Diseño Malbec epitomizes Argentina. It displays the soul of the Old Vine Malbec grape that is perfectly suited to this vivacious land. In my review, I am compelled to recognize that this is one of the most popular red wines from Mendoza.

There are different terroir in this region. The warm regions in the north produce dark grapes that raise the Diseño Malbec alcohol content perfectly. The higher, cooler parts of Mendoza produce wines that have more acidity. These grapes are “jammy” and juicy.

How to Serve Diseño Malbec?

Serve in regular red wine glasses that allow the nose to experience the fruity aromas. Served straight after removing the cork, or you can allow the wine to warm slightly, but not for too long.

How Much Does Diseño Malbec Cost?

This delicious wine can be found in the affordable $10 – $12 range per 750 ml bottle.

How Long Does Diseño Malbec Last?

Diseño Malbec should be kept in a slightly cool (about 69 degrees F), dark cellar. It should be fine for up to five years, but with modern production methods, most wines of this price are best enjoyed sooner rather than later.

How Many Calories Does Diseño Malbec Have?

There are 125 calories per serving, of which there are 4g of net carbs.

Conclusion

Diseño Malbec is considered one of the most drinkable, affordable red wines. So, its popularity continues to grow. This Argentinian Malbec can stand proudly on any dinner table when paired with a strongly- flavored meal. It is also great as a solo drink as it is heartwarming and nurturing. Simply a wine to be enjoyed rather than debated.

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