Unfortunately, not all wine is vegan. I would have assumed that it was as I assumed that it only consists of fermented grapes, in the case of grape wines. However, it seems that in the winemaking process they most often use fining agents that come from animal protein. Fortunately, if you are vegan and want to support local wineries, you are in luck. Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker Ltd. has recently updated their vegan Maltese wine list.
Delicata Vegan Wines – Classic Collection
2016, Classic Collection – Donato Chardonnay
This is Delicata’s classic, lighter styled mono-varietal white wine with a crisp, flavoursome, fruity palate filled out entirely with the noble Chardonnay grape in a creamy, attractive style true to the typical hallmark of the variety.
2016, Classic Collection – Landini Vermentino
This is Delicata’s classic, lighter styled mono-varietal white wine with a crisp, dry palate filled out with the Vermentino grape variety in a savoury style with citrus flavours, nettle characteristics and liquorice in the finish.
2016, Classic Collection – Carissimi Cabernet Sauvignon
This is Delicata’s classic, lighter styled mono-varietal red wine with an elegant, robust palate filled out entirely with the noble grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a firm, fruity red with ample flavours of cassis and red berries.
Delicata Vegan Wines – Maltese Falcon
2016, Maltese Falcon Merlot
A fruity, easy drinking full-bodied red wine made from hand-picked, Malta-grown Merlot grapes varieties. It has soft, ripe flavours with a firm austere finish.
2016, Maltese Falcon Shiraz Rosé
Delicata Vegan Wines – Pjazza Regina Red
2016, Pjazza Regina Red
A soft, mellow red wine, this year’s Cuvee is an easy drinking, medium bodied red made from handpicked Syrah, Merlot and Sangiovese grapes.
2016, Pjazza Regina Rosé
This off-dry rosé offers refreshing acidity and ripe, red berry fruit flavours. This unique rosé is made from quality red grape varieties Gellewza and Syrah grown in the Maltese Islands.
Delicata Vegan Wines – Victoria Heights
2016, Victoria Heights Merlot
A full flavoured, robust fruity red wine produced entirely from Merlot grapes grown in the valley vineyards of Gozo. These selected pocket-sized family-run vineyards growing these hand-picked Merlot grapes are carefully tended throughout the year. The result is an elegant, austere wine full of character and flavour. Serve at room temperature and ideally allow one hour to breathe. The wine may contain a natural sediment deposit as a result of its ageing process.
2016, Victoria Heights Cabernet Sauvignon
A young vibrant, full-bodied robust fruity red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with a scent of pencil shavings and intense red berry flavours. All grapes have been hand-picked. This wine has ageing potential.
2016, Victoria Heights Shiraz Rosé
This fruity, dry rosé wine is made entirely from Gozitan Shiraz (Syrah) grapes vinified rosé. The wine is pale in colour with an intense fruity rosé. The ripe sweet fruit has given this Superior wine concentrated red berry flavours with a slightly higher degree of natural alcohol. An easy drinking delicious rosé wine that is ideal on its own or served with shellfish, salads, pasta dishes and oriental cuisine.
Delicata Vegan Wines – Medina
2016, Medina Cabernet Franc
A young robust, vibrant full bodied fruity red wine made from Cabernet Franc grapes boasting intense red berry flavours and a long, broad finish.
2016, Medina Merlot
The Maltese Merlot grapes are concentrated and fruity and produce red wines with ripe flavours and good structure. This is an unoaked Merlot that is full flavoured, fruity, soft and appealing.
2016, Medina Syrah
The noble Syrah grape shows its true flavours in this easy drinking, unoaked red wine of great charm and finesse. The result is a light bodied, juicy red wine that delivers fruit-driven flavours followed by a soft, refreshing aftertaste that lingers attractively in the mouth.
2016, Medina Syrah, Grenache and Carignan
A skilful blend of three complementary grape varieties. The fruity, robust concentration of the Syrah, the spiciness of the Grenache and the colour and aroma of the Carignan. Combined, they produce this easy drinking, soft, fruity red wine.
Delicata Vegan Wines – Grand Vin de Hauteville
2016, Grand Vin de Hauteville Chardonnay, oak-aged
This lush, full-bodied and soft Malta grown Chardonnay is endowed with ripe exotic fruit and subtle hints of pineapple. This award-winning Grand Vin de Hauteville Chardonnay is oak aged. Described in WINE magazine as: “This Chardonnay introduces itself with an aromatic, spicy nose that follows through on the palate, which also shows full extract and acidity. An individual wine with a decidedly different taste.”
2016, Grand Vin de Hauteville Viognier
This fuller flavoured, dry white wine is made from the designer grape Viognier. It is an unoaked, delightfully fresh wine with an appealing floral and peachy nose. It is ripe in the mouth, yet has famously opulent apricot flavours to offer; all blossom-scented with exotic fruits.
2015, Grand Vin de Hauteville Cabernet Sauvignon
This gold medal winning full-bodied and robust Malta grown Cabernet Sauvignon with a proven track record offers true classical varietal character derived from selected hand-picked grapes. Described in WINE magazine as “A sweet, fruity nose, flows into a simple palate filled with light black fruits”.
2016, Grand Vin de Hauteville Shiraz Cabernet
A full-bodied, fruit packed blend of Shiraz which fills out the middle palate which is dominated by blackcurrant flavours of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This barrel matured robust wine has good length and an elegant finish.
Delicata Vegan Wines – Gran Cavalier
2016, Gran Cavalier Sauvignon Blanc
A tropical fruit flavoured, dry white wine produced entirely from Malta grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes hand-picked from individual pocket-sized vineyards. Before pressing, the grapes are left in contact with the skins to extract maximum flavour and varietal characteristics. The result is this full flavoured, rich, delicious Sauvignon Blanc.
2016, Gran Cavalier Chardonnay, barrel-fermented
A full flavoured, rich dry white wine produced entirely from Malta grown Chardonnay grapes hand-picked from individual pocket-sized vineyards. This elegant, hot climate Chardonnay has spent time in French oak barriques, adding depth and complexity to this distinctive style of unique Maltese Chardonnay.
2015, Gran Cavalier Merlot
These Malta grown Merlot grapes are handpicked from individual pocket-sized vineyards. This full-bodied, elegant robust red wine has been matured and softened in French Oak Barriques. This wine may contain a natural sediment deposited as a result of its ageing process. Ideally stand the wine upright for some time before serving or decanting.
2016, Gran Cavalier Syrah
A rich, robust, velvety red wine produced entirely from Malta grown grapes hand-picked from individual pocket-sized vineyards. This gamey style of hot climate Syrah has been matured and softened in French oak barriques. This wine may contain a natural sediment deposited as a result of its ageing process. Ideally stand the wine upright for some time before serving or decanting.
Delicata Vegan Wines – Ġellewża Frizzante, semi-sparkling
The Frizzante label consists of two Delicata semi-sparkling wines that are made entirely from the Islands’ indigenous grape varieties unique to Malta. The Brut Frizzante is made from the white grape of Malta called Girgentina and the Rose Demi Sec Frizzante from the Maltese native red grape Gellewza. Both wines make for the perfect aperitif or celebratory wine. The medal-winning Gellewza Rose Frizzante is particularly popular at Maltese weddings and receptions where it is served chilled as the ideal welcome drink.
Whenever I drink wine, I choose sweet ones. I wouldn’t know from this vegan Maltese wine list, which one would be ideal for me. I would appreciate if you could suggest me one.
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