Gauchezco, Oldenburg and Connoisseur Estates
In the week of London Wine Fair, Mauricio Vegetti of Gauchezco and Philip
Costandius of Oldenburg hosted a dinner to consider what the New World can
do with Bordelais grape varieties.
things off with Gauchezco's 2014 Torrontes - fresh, clean and precise with
Torrontes' signature lifted florality, it is modern and crisp.
The wines were in three flights over dinner - the first flight highlighted two very
different styles, the second pairing was closer, whilst the two Cab Francs at
the end were almost soul mates.
This was Charlize Theron vs Dita Von Teese, a world-class slender beauty and a curvaceously seductive attention-grabber
Oldenburg Rhodium 2012 right-bank blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec; an Old-World lookalike, with bramble, red berries and coffee. Fresh and peppery with a firm muscularity.
Petit Verdot 2013 dark purple with perfumey oaky spice;
fullsome, supple and inky with ripe bramble fruit and smooth tannins
Flamboyant Cuban Pete-with-the-Rhumba-Beat vs self-assured beefcake Simon Le Bon
Oro Malbec 2009 ripe dark berries, liquorice and spice; baked, pruney fruit but cut through with freshness; extrovert yet athletic.
He says: chick-chicky-boom
Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 bold and muscular yet refined; fresh, complex plum, cassis and pencil shavings.
He says: This is Planet Earth!
Cab Franc is typified by Winebird Helena Nicklin as an earthy, old-school gent who likes sweeping leaves and gathering redcurrants. These two have a dash more virility about them; more likely to own a two-seater sports car than a cardigan, they might want to be your Sugar Daddy
Oldenburg Cabernet Franc 2011 raspberry fruit, freshness and grip
Gauchezco Cabernet Franc / Malbec 2011 fuller, riper and plumper
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