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Soledad Martin, Export Manager with Luigi Bosca Argentina, was delighted
with her steak in the chimichurri sauce, and we were delighted with the set of
gorgeous wines that she presented at Friday’s Cork Supper Club Dinner in ClubBrasserie.
Established in 1901 by
Leoncio Arizu, Bodega Luigi Bosca has an extensive track-record in the local
winemaking industry. Currently managed by the third and fourth generations of
the Arizu family, it is one of the few winemaking firms that is still owned by
its founders. Its reputation, gained over the years, has made it the paradigm
Gary O’Donovan introduced Soledad and the well travelled young lady told
us that the winery in Mendoza was formed in 1901. There are two ranges
produced. The lighter wines come to us under the Finca La Linda label while the
flagship wines come under the Luigi Bosca label. Both are imported by Searson’s
and they had Damien Archer on hand to mingle with the guests.
Must say I was pleasantly surprised
with the two whites that started the evening. The Viognier was described as the
“best value Viognier that exists” and it sure was excellent with a great aromas,
flavours and finish. Very impressed with it but I think my favourite was the Torrontes,
a “great Argentinian variety” according to Soledad and amazingly the grapes are
grown at 1700 metres and some 15 hours distant from the winery. It is a different
style and a different structure from the Viognier.
The steak with that chimichurri sauce
Torrontes is the most distinctive of all
Argentine wines, including both white and red, because Argentina is the only
country to produce it. It is considered a wholly Argentine variety.
There then followed a couple of La Finca reds, including an excellent Malbec, “the powerhouse
of Argentina”. Again though it was the other red, the Bonarda, which caught the attention of my
taste buds. Described as a wine to drink while watching TV or a party wine, it
is indeed a very agreeable companion and, like all the six wines on the night,
great value as well.
Yours truly and Soledad
On next to the two wines under the senior label. First up was a terrific
bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2010, a powerful rounded wine.
Excellent but there was even better to come. The star of the reds was the
Malbec DOC Single Vineyard 2009. Produced under stricter regulations, from
vines that average 70 years of age, it has been three months in oak and is fantastic
value at twenty euro.
Torrontes, grown at 1700m in the Salta area. Some 15 hours away from the
winery in Mendoza. : Light yellow-green, with floral aromas, hints of rosehip
and a touch of lavender. Sweet palate, balanced acidity, notes of white peach
and memories of orange peel jam.
Viognier, Exotic, clean and bright
golden white wine. Well-defined aromatic notes of orchid, musk and ripe
apricot. Felt with an oily texture in the mouth, and creates a general
harmonious sensation. Prolonged finish and penetrating acidity.
Malbec, aged 3 months in oak.
Intense purple colour with distinct aromas of cherries and spices. Balanced
tannins are perceived in the mouth as a result of three-month ageing in French
and American oak casks. A varietal of great typicity and volume,
well-structured, velvety, elegant and up-to-date.
Bonarda, aged 3 months on oak.
Bright ruby-red wine with aromas of red fruit, dry fig and a touch of wood
contributed by 3-month ageing in American oak casks. Full-bodied, smooth to the
palate, round and velvety, with a compact and well-structured aftertaste.
Luigi Bosca Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2010. Full svelte sweet cassis
fruits in a powerful rounded wine. A superb Cabernet with rich powerful silky
smooth cassis and mint fruits, with a lingering rounded finish.
Luigi Bosca Malbec DOC Single Vineyard 2009. This pioneering DOC was
launched in 1991 “to protect the “preserving Mendoza’s richness”. 70 year old
vineyard. 100% Malbec. Handpicked. 14 months in oak. Deep violet
colour, with aromas of ripe cherries and plums. Additionally, it is spiced with
notes of blackberries and mocha. Solid but elegant structure and balanced
acidity. Mouth-filling, powerful yet subtle, with excellent typicity.
All six wines are available in O’DonovanOff Licences. The first four at each at
€12.99, the Cabernet is €17.99 while the DOC Malbec comes in at €19.99.
Well, if the wines from Argentina
were in great form, so too were the crew at Club Brasserie. And we benefitted
from some rally top notch dishes. The highlight was perhaps the Steak with the garlic
and parsley sauce that always accompanies grilled steak in Argentina. Known as
Chimichurri, you don’t see it very often in Irish restaurants but it was a
terrific sauce and would be quite a change to the usual sauces here. Also
thought the opening salad was superb.
Starter: Pancetta, Crozier Blue
cheese, toasted walnuts and roasted pear salad (with a honey and mustard
Soup: Wild Mushroom Soup.
Mains: Chargrilled West Cork Steak
with a chimichurri sauce with roasted tomatoes, Portobello Mushrooms and rustic
Pan-fried Cod with Chorizo, white bean
puree and caramelised fennel and chorizo.