More, in more ways than one, of the Waxed Bat

Sat. 23 Dec. 2017

’Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to express (and enjoy) jolliness than with quality wine. Regular visitors will know this is one of my pet topics, and I certainly have cause to be jolly considering the wine that has been presented to me as gifts lately.

Back in October I mentioned a wine from the famous Mendoza region of Argentina called the Waxed Bat; well, the faithful who so generously bestowed this gift upon me has gone a step further and brought me not just more of the Waxed Bat (as in another bottle of this wine), but more in terms of quality: this time it was the Waxed Bat reserve, that is, the wine equivalent of a special edition using even higher-quality grapes. And whereas the “ordinary” Waxed Bat was 2015, this Waxed Bat reserve is a year older, from 2014. Also unlike the 2015 wine, which was a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, the reserve is Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec only (Mendoza is especially known for its Malbec).

The bottle’s label blurb, by winemaker Rodolfo Sadler, is interesting in that it tells the story of how this wine, the original as well as this special reserve blend, got its unusual name of “the waxed bat”:

My family has been involved in making wine for as long as I can remember. I still vividly recall exploring my grandfather’s cellar in my youth – a dark treasure trove, replete with dusty, wax-topped bottles and sleeping bats, which both thrilled and terrified me. I have never forgotten the experience and created this special wine in memory of my grandfather and his mysterious cellar.

In 2010 I decided to create a “big brother” for The Waxed Bat, a richer, darker blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Malbec (30%) given twelve months in oak barrels to evolve and integrate before release. The Waxed Bat Reserve has a deep red-purple colour, with ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and plum characters and a touch of smoky vanilla gleaned from the time in oak. Well-rounded with velvety tannins and a long, layered finish, this is the perfect partner for roast lamb, barbecued steaks and pasta in a spicy tomato sauce.

And so the exact blend proportions of this wine’s constituent grapes are revealed, as well as the more usual tasting notes and food-pairing recommendations. It’s enough to encourage one to open a bottle immediately for breathing whilst my special maid gets busy in the kitchen. It would be a fitting way to enjoy my last couple of days here at Pinch HQ before I head off travelling. In fact, considering my faithful has now presented me with two bottles of Waxed Bat Reserve, I can reveal that only one remains in my cellar: I can confirm it is an excellent wine, and goes very well with steak.

For those interested in wine, here is the link to my original article: ‘Waxed Bat’: an unusual name for an unusual wine.


Mistress Geo

Important notice: I am about to travel overseas and am no longer available for sessions this year. My first sessioning day in 2018 will be Thursday 1 February.

Geo Pinch, professional Bristol mistress