Whether it’s holidays, New Year or simply a time with yourself without an occasion, a glass of wine is always an elegant drink to complete the day. It’s delightful from the taste and smell, rejuvenating, and it also goes well with foods. With an extensive variety of wines available in the market, which then is the best wine in Malaysia? In our Best of Lifestyle series, we have curated the latest 10 Best Wines in Malaysia, providing quality recommendations to suit your budget and lifestyle. For the ultimate guides, also check out our best coffee and wine chiller recommendations!
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This article was last updated on 10 August 2022
8 Best Wines in Malaysia
The best celebratory champagne
With a heritage dating back to the renaissance age in 1683, Moët & Chandon is one of the biggest names in luxury champagne. It’s now one of the biggest producers in winemaking in the world, producing millions of bottles each year, and is even one of the European’s royal favourites. Moët Imperial is one of their most popular series, and it now comes in mini bottles for individual serving so you can celebrate it to savour with yourselves or your guess at home.
The Moët Imperial is created from more than 100 wines, with each carefully selected to enhance the champagne’s complexity. It’s generous and tasty, characterised by a bright fruitiness, enticing bouquet and elegant maturity, with a sweet liveliness that slowly lingers delicately in the mouth. There’s a note of citrus, floral nuances and elegant blond notes, while the palates are smooth with fullness and finesse, followed by delicately fresh crispiness that reveals the balance of the champagne.
If you want a perfect drink to celebrate your personal achievement, nothing comes close to the Moët & Chandon Imperial.
Why buy this:
- One of the most renowned champagne brands
- Mini bottles version for individual serving
- Blended in perfect balance, blasting feelings, and flavours
A versatile wine to mix with cocktails
Known as one of the oldest types of wine, rose wine is a versatile wine that you can use as a base to create a variety of mixed drinks and make a delicious cocktail. But it’s also more than that; it’s rich in antioxidants, reduces cholesterol and even lowers cancer risks. Produced in the region of Languedoc in France, an area known for its red fruit and spices wine flavour and has been producing some of the best value bottles in the world, this Gerard Bertrand ‘Cote Des Roses’ is one of the highly respected rose wines from the region.
Comes in a soft, pale, brilliant pink colour with bluish tints, this wine has a pleasant aroma of summer fruits, cassis and redcurrant. It has floral notes of rose along with hints of grapefruit, with a fresh finish, offering notes of candy. In addition, with a fresh and full flavour on the palate and a balanced aromatic persistence, this rose wine also goes well with cheeses, cured meats and creamy pasta.
Why buy this:
- Versatile type of wine
- Good for health
- Great company with cheeses, cured meats and creamy pasta
Light and refreshing flavour
Its light and refreshing flavour are what makes sparkling wines great for wine beginners. But in addition to that, sparkling wines also promote the growth of healthy gut flora, which aid healthier digestion, too. Looking for the best sparkling wine? Look no other than the Martini Prosecco; a dry, aromatic Italian sparkling wine made from the Glera grapes that grew in the lush foothills of the Northern Italy region.
The Martini Prosecco has a stimulating fragrance which is owed to the ideal climate of where its grapes were planted. It has a fresh and crispy aroma, with a natural hint of apple, banana, peach and thyme, making it a perfect accompaniment to brunch or as an aperitivo. While the price tag is also a little bit higher, we think it’s one of the best in the sparkling wines category and has been included in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 and International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017.
Why buy this:
- Light and refreshing
- Good for beginners
- Natural hints of apple, banana, peach and thyme
- Multi-award winners
One of the best Australian wine
With a history dating back to 1847, Jacob’s Creek is one of the most famous Australian winery brands from the Barossa Valley wine region. This Classic Shiraz Cabernet Wine is one of their best collectables, which is a blend of Australian Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon made in a medium-length, soft, approachable style that is easy to drink.
This vintage wine has dark cherry and plum notes with the addition of mocha spice hin, while also offering plum and warmed berry flavours. Feeling soft on the palate, it’s an excellent companion for grilled steak, pizza or tomato-based pasta dishes.
Why buy this:
- One of the best Australian winery brands
- Medium-length wine and soft on the palate
- Great to enjoy with grilled steak, pizza or tomato-based pasta dishes
For a full-flavoured palate that’s perfect for dining
Sourced from the Yarra Valley wine region in Melbourne, the Whitebox Chardonnay Wine 2017 from StuartWinesCo is another Australian wine you should try. It comes in a straw-gold colour with a slight green hue, made from a classic varietal bouquet of peach and fig with traces of vanilla. It’s full-flavoured on the palate and has a spicy French oak note, increasing the wine’s appeal and pleasure among customers. Overall, this white wine is a superb wine for drinkers of all levels.
Why buy this:
- Perfectly balanced taste
- Sourced from the Yarra Valley wine region in Australia
- Full-flavoured palate
You don’t have to break the bank for a good sip of wine, this Carson’s Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz doesn’t cost the earth but still has incredible quality. It’s a full-bodied wine with a powerful aroma, with a combination of black and red currants fragrance. A versatile drink whether on a warm sunny day or a cool night, this wine is a perfect pairing for hearty beef dishes and spicy hard cheese.
Why buy this:
- Imported from Australia
- Budget-friendly price
- Full-bodied flavour
For a more fruity aroma
This Spanish brand wine is best to enjoy in a cold temperature for relaxing on a warm afternoon with the company of good friends. Originating from the Catalonia region, Sangre de Toro Special Selection Red Wine is distinctly Mediterranean in character, with silky and refined red fruit aromas and a good depth of bright purple colour.
Comes with an elegantly dry taste, it has expressive notes of morello cherries, grapefruit, limes and plums, and has a delightful length with a hint of lemongrass and lemon. What’s also great is it’s packed into the bottle with little residual sugar, making it healthy for anyone who wants to take care of their sugar intake.
Ideal to enjoy in the cold temp, it’s also perfect to be paired with beef meatballs, veal steak with beans and lamb stew.
Why buy this:
- Red wine from the Catalonia region
- Fruity aromas
- Little residual sugar
- Ideal to enjoy at a cold temperature
Good for a picnic with friends
French wines always have a special place in the heart of wine lovers. Thanks to its cool-to-temperate climate, French wines always have such a nuanced flavour with brighter fruit and acidity which is contrasted to the much sweeter, fruity notes of the new world wines. However, you don’t have to break the bank for good French wine; this La Belle Vie Merlot is a good affordable brand.
Comes at a price of less than RM70 a bottle, this wine is made from 100% merlot varietal which has a distinctive note of red fruits, blackberries and crushed plum. It’s full and pleasant on the palate, and pairs well with barbecue skewers or pork chops. It’s probably not a good wine for beginners, owing to its more acidic flavour, but it’s certainly the kind of wine to go for a picnic and the best to enjoy with good friends.
Why buy this:
- French wine
- Affordable price
- From 100% Merlot varietal
Which is the best brand for wines in Malaysia?
With a history dating back to 1683, Moet & Chandon is certainly one of the best winery brands available in Malaysia.
Where to buy a wine in Malaysia?
You used to only be able to buy a wine in Malaysia in retail stores, but now you can purchase them online for the ultimate convenience and even enjoy discounted prices! Lazada and Shopee are my go-to for lifestyle products. It is also a great place to compare the price of wines in Malaysia.
We hope that our guide on the 8 Best Wines in Malaysia will help you to buy the best wine in Malaysia. Do also read our other buying guides too. Please do share this along with your friends if you have found this useful. Do look forward to more buying guides that we will be releasing soon!
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