During our October of Mendoza madness and amazing Argentinians, Marcos Fernandez, head winemaker at Doña Paula Wines, hosted an Argentine inspired wine dinner at the prestigious Lansdowne Club – below is how the evening looked.
Doña Paula is a leading, modern winery at the forefront of exploring and investing in new, high quality wine regions in Argentina. Established in 1997, they own all of their vineyards covering 700 hectares. These vineyard sites are located in the best subregions within Mendoza including Ugarteche, Altamira, Gualtallary and Tupungato. They practice sustainable methods in the vineyards, maximising the true expression of terroir. Their continuous innovation in vineyard management ensures top quality wines from one year to the next.
Beans, squash, corn, Queso Fresco
Mango & chilli salsa, avocado cream
Chorizo & corn foam
Wine pairing: Sauvage Blanc, NV
What the guests thought: “Crispness and freshness of the wine, along with some good acidity worked a treat with the shrimp and crab Empanadas, and the mango and chilli salsa on the Arepa Bites.”
Smoked salmon, prawns, crab croquette, chicory, tuna ceviche
Wine pairing: Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016
What the guests thought: “The tropical fruit flavours, passionfruit and acidity were a hit with the tuna ceviche and the bitterness of the chicory.”
Beef fillet, grilled gambas, chargrilled seasonal vegetables, basil pomme purée, sweetcorn, chimichurri salsa
Wine pairings: Paula Malbec 2016
Estate Malbec 2015
Selección de Bodega Malbec 2013
What the guests thought: “The beef fillet with the chimichurri salsa was the perfect match to the weight and power of the 24 month aged Seleccion de Bodega. The guests loved being able to taste the 3 styles side by side. The Paula – fresh and with no oak, Estate Malbec with 12 months oak, and the Seleccion de Bodega with 24 months and it’s incredible intensity.”
The overall consensus from the guests was that this was the best Gourmet evening to date at the Lansdowne Club under Karim Yousfi’s direction and Marcos, as ever, was a hit with all!