It was my last day in Buenos Aires and, as I wandered the streets having one last look around, I thought, best get a wine for tonight’s dinner.
As I was in Argentina, of course my last meal would be steak, much as my first meal and almost all subsequent meals were! But that’s why we love Argentina. It truly does have some of the most flavoursome steak in the world.
I was going to opt for a Malbec but then a cheeky little Syrah caught my eye. The Finca Flichman 2010 syrah, oak aged, looking quite sexy with its gold label, winking at me.
In Spanish, “roble” was stamped across the label but that just means the wine has been oak aged. Finca Flichman doesn’t let the wine spend much time in oak and as this is one of their entry level wines, they use used barrels but the oak still is a defining characteristic of the wine.
I do find that the oak can be a bit overpowering at times but the Flichman syrah manages to integrate the oak flavours nicely. Vanilla and toast being the predominate aroma and flavour characteristics.
Syrah does well in Argentina and this one had plenty of pepper on the palate as well as ripe red cherries and raspberries and again that vanilla note hanging in the background. Despite the vanilla, it was quite savoury, for an Argentine wine, and the tannins were a bit chunky. That could have been, however, due to the fact that the wine was just released and they do recommend that the wine be bottle aged before drinking. According to the label, it can last for up to 6 years, pretty impressive for an entry level wine.
It was a good companion to my steak, especially with the addition of freshly ground pepper – achooo!
The wine retails for about 20 pesos in Argentina which is a mid level price and in the UK you can find their range at Waitrose for about £8. Finca Flichman are currently breaking into the UK market. Their wines are definitely not New World fruit bombs, but rather well balanced and structured food wines.