Possibly the best red wine I’ve ever had. I first tried it at Gaucho’s in Picadilly after their staff let us try several tasters before committing to a specific bottle (a nice touch!) and immediately loved it, nothing else even came close. So we ordered a bottle of Vina Patricia 2008 Malbec for the table and 2 to take home (the already impeccable service increased another notch after this).

Not only did the Vina Patricia go perfectly with the steak but it was also a lovely drinking wine which comes from Gaucho’s own 80 year old vineyards. Made by Mauricio Lorca. Lunlunta Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza. It is quite pricey as you can probably imagine (around £17 per bottle if I remember correctly) but as a treat it is spectacularly good which is why we got some to take away.

Also – I would like to note that Gaucho’s beer selection is equally impressive, stocking a bespoke wheat beer and gold pilsner by Rocio brewed specifically for their restaurants by the Meantime Brewery!

Details about Vina Patricia

“Brought over to Mendoza from Bordeaux by Amee Puget, the famous Bordeaux oenologist in 1850, it was clear that this grape was destined for greatness in Argentina. Malbec (known as ‘cot’ in France) is the Jewel in Argentina’s crown. Below are some of the finest Malbecs in the world which, when combined with the beef, offer an unbeatable food/wine combination. Malbec is also beautiful with chocolate.” [Gaucho]

“Our unique and historical vineyard is located in the district of Lunlunta, Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza. Planted in 1929, this 6.5-hectare vineyard is tucked away on the tree-lined road of Terrada, amongst the old olive groves and peach trees. The majestic Andes overlook the vineyard, and the pure water from its melted snow irrigates the vines. Yields are naturally very low, bringing adept of quality and expression to this wine. It merges rich plums and sweet spice, with bitter chocolate, black cherry and a hint of violet. It has a soft and silky texture in the mouth, with a long persistent finish. Vina Patricia was made for us by Mauricio Lorca, and was aged in a combination of French and American oak. The wine was subject to only a light filtration, and so may throw a light deposit.” [Gaucho]

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