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‘Waxed Bat’: an unusual name for an unusual wine

Mon. 02 Oct. 2017

I’ve been fortunate once again in having been gifted bottles of wine from my faithfuls, the latest being an unusual red blend, and also a Marlborough (New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc. These wines were presented to me by two different faithfuls.

I am familiar with Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc; it’s a good one, a classic Marlborough “sauv-blanc” full of tropical fruit on the nose and palate, and I have a number of bottles of this white wine that I’ve purchased myself.

As for the Waxed Bat, this is an unusual wine because of the blend of grapes employed: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. This is not a common blend. Wines from Argentina tend to concentrate on the country’s signature grape, Malbec, for which I must say I’ve developed quite a taste over the last couple of years, to the extent that it’s now one of my favourites. Malbec blends, however, are not unheard of, and indeed I have in my cellar examples of blends of Malbec and Shiraz, and blends of Malbec and Touriga Nacional (a Portuguese grape often used in ports); but, to my knowledge, blends involving three varieties of grape with Malbec taking the back seat, so to speak, are unusual (at least from Argentina).

The grapes in the Waxed Bat are, apparently, all from the Mendoza region, a region that is synonymous with Malbec (I’ve mentioned this previously, in one of my wine-oriented News items: A new visitor brings me a good red from Argentina). Here is what the winemaker, Rodolfo Sadler, says about his wine on the label:

The Waxed Bat Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec is a deep, darkly coloured wine. It is spicy and rich with attractive blackberry and pepper flavours balanced by ripe, rounded tannins that give structure to this full-bodied red. The perfect wine to enjoy with rich meat dishes such as grilled steaks and casseroles and fine cheeses.

It was indeed an enjoyable wine – I took the photos used here not long before opening the bottle on the occasion of the Autumn Equinox, after which I communicated the satisfactory results to the faithful who presented it to me. And I can’t help revealing here that, to my delight, this faithful then told me he had a bottle of Waxed Bat Reserve with my name on it. Now, the reserve bottling of this wine promises to be something extra special.

Mistress Geo