WINE DINNER – the wines of BODEGA CHACRA with Piero Incisa della Rochetta at the RIVER CAFE
Tuesday 8th October 2013
7.30 pm for 8.00pm dinner
A four course dinner in the private dining room of the famous River Café which will consist of antipasti to start and then a choice each of Primi, Secondi and Dolci or cheeses.
Piero Incisa della Rochetta comes from a 300 year old dynasty of established and well heeled winemakers, his uncle being responsible for the success of Italy’s most famous wine, Sassicaia from Bolgheri. Piero’s friendship with Hans Vinding Diers, the winemaker of Argentina’s best known Malbec, Noemia, took him to the Rio Negro in Patagonia, where he was to discover an extraordinary old vineyard planted with Pinot Noir on their original pre-phylloxera rootstock. The first vines were planted in 1935, with a second vineyard in 1955, producing tiny yields of incredible quality fruit. Together with Vinding-Diers, Piero has planted more vines, including some Merlot, built a winery and is producing a range of wines of the highest quality.
‘Chacra represents the boutique of the boutique, turning out handcrafted, delicately styled Pinot Noirs that are worth the effort to find.’– James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
This is a rare opportunity to taste all three Pinot Noirs, including back vintages, as well as the recently released ‘Mainque’ Merlot, and listen to Piero’s fascinating story of discovery and passionate winemaking in this extraordinarily beautiful landscape. As all the wines are produced biodynamically this will also present an ideal occasion to learn more about this growing movement among the world’s greatest winemakers and estates.
Wines from Bodega Chacra
2011 ‘BARDA’ PINOT NOIR from magnum
2010 CHACRA ‘Cincuenta y Cinco’ PINOT NOIR
2010 CHACRA ‘Treinta y Dos’ PINOT NOIR
2007 CHACRA ‘Treinta y Dos’ PINOT NOIR from magnum
2005 CHACRA ‘Treinta y Dos’ PINOT NOIR from magnum
2008 ‘MAINQUÉ’ Merlot
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Barda Pinot Noir: An elegant, floral Pinot Noir from Patagonia’s top producer of PN. Barda is warm, creamy and intense. An emphasis on balanced raspberry and cherry favours mixed with rose hip and freshness give it Old World personality. A very drinkable and honest style of red wine. Good now into 2011.
Chacra ’55’: From vines planted in 1955, this is a rose-tinted Pinot with a woven, integrated bouquet of toast, mineral and berry fruits. There’s more Burgundian character here than New World, so it pours on the cerebral scents and flavours of tea, rose hip, strawberry and raspberry. Reserved in style, but good to drink now and over the next few years. If $100 seems to be a lot to spend on Argentinian Pinot, you should give it a try at some point; you may be convinced otherwise.
Chacra ’32’: This wine from vines planted in 1932 is linear and intense to the core. It is an age worthy specimen with fine acidity and tight structure. Now, it is juicy and a little sharp, with piercing black cherry fruit and spice galore. Best to wait for another year or two to begin drinking, and beyond that it may last for another 5-10 years if well cellared.
‘When you’re making wine on such a small, handcrafted scale as Piero is, there is no question that it’s going to be a fine one. His is the kind of pursuit that has nothing to do with money—it is about doing something beautiful and right.’ – David Lynch, co-author of Vino Italiano.
£135.00 per person to include a four course dinner and all wines.
Places are limited to only sixteen guests so please respond quickly if you would like to join in on this unique dinner in the private dining room of the River Café.
Tickets must be paid for at the time of ordering and no refunds will be made for cancellations.