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Round 1 – Luigi Bosca Malbec Seleccion de Vistalba 2014
Although looking in better shape the Luigi Bosca had to work much harder pre-fight, taking time out to breath and rest for around two hours before tackling the main evening meal of steak n chips. Initially fairly sharp and acidic which slowly softened and gained points as the contest started. With food, the wine held it’s own, full of pleasant rich dark fruit with a substantial punch of spice and a jab of noticeable tannins but there were problems with its balance and ultimately the Judges around the table agreed there was something lacking fitness wise and while it looked the business it failed to win the confidence of the judges to go the distance.
Round 2 – Catena Malbec 2015
With the smell of Roast lamb in the air and entering the dinner table for round 2 came the less impressive looking Catena starting the fight with less preparation without any warm-up, including breathing but straight away hit the meal running. What the bottle lost in looks it made up significantly in substance, again full of rich dark fruit with much more depth, it’s balance was far superior and along with a punch of dark chocolate, spice and liquorice the judges were all suitably impressed by this classy Argentinian.
With no knock-out or referee intervention, it was down to the judges/diners to decide this contest and ultimately it went to points and a resounding win for the impressive Catena 2015.