A gorgeous wine! The Waxed BatShiraz Petit Verdot Malbec 2009 is smooth, tasty, award winning and good value red if you can find it. I first came across it after joining the Laithwaits mixed case selection which arrives every other month. In the first case was 2 bottles of Waxed Bat and what a find. We enjoyed it straight away and it was clearly both special and standout. I would whole heartedly recommend you find a bottle of this for drinking on its own and with food. I’d definitely also recommend Laithwaites to the uninitiated like me. All bottles are good quality – you just need to work out what your preferences are and try as many as you can :-) each bottle comes with tasting notes and information on the wine and vineyard. Check it out!

According to Laithwaites: “Chief winemaker at Andean Vineyards, Rodolfo ‘Opi’ Sadler is one of Argentina’s most exciting talents. His winery is one of the most accomplished and awarded in the country, whilst Rodolfo has built up quite a reputation himself, with many accolades to his name. He is also rated among the Top Ten in the country – he scooped ‘Best Malbec of Argentina‘ in 2008, a formidable feat. Not to mention the trophies he’s racked up for his signature red – Opi Malbec.”

“Luxurious deep colour, with ripe blackberry rising from the glass. Fills the mouth with a core of rich blackberry and mulberry, a dash of exotic spice and a deliciously long-lasting finish. Mendoza Maestro Opi Sadler uses small-berried, concentrated Shiraz (not common here), plus intense Petit Verdot (very rare) to craft the pitch-dark, mouthfilling triumph that is The Waxed Bat. Last year, Opi added Malbec to his blend, and promptly won Gold at the International Wine Challenge! This year’s blend is unchanged – the only thing that’s different is that he’s honed his art even more finely, and the results are even better! It’s high here in Mendoza, with constant dazzling sunshine (bar some 25 cloudy days a year), and it’s goose-pimply cool at night – an ideal combination for colour, ripeness and a freshness of flavour Aussie winemakers only dream of.”

Here are winemaker Opi Sadler’s words on the name ‘Waxed Bat’: “As a young boy I remember following my grandfather down to his wine cellar… the bottles sealed in the old way with thick, red wax… a small bat fluttering in the lamplight… how these things stay with you! ‘The Waxed Bat’ for me captures my first steps in the fascinating world of wine.”

Check out more Wine.