Rosell Boher – newly imported Argentina Methode Tradiotionelle
Spencer Block Wines recently imported an exciting range of Methode Traditionelle from Argentina, exclusively selling through their website https://spencerblockwines.co.nz/.
Eric and Michael Spencer are no strangers to the wine industry; Eric is a former shareholder in Desert Heart wines. After selling his Desert Heart shareholding, Eric acquired a vineyard in the celebrated Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina. Michael has many years of experience as a wine professional, working in restaurant hospitality and wine sales and distribution.
The pair imported a diverse range from Rosell Boher, a premium wine producer in Finca Los Arboles in Tunuyán, situated at 1,250 meters above sea level in Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. The winery was founded at the end of the 19th century by Bernardo Martínez, grandfather of our winemaker, Alejandro Martínez Rosell. The first vintage of their sparkling wine was produced in 1999; since then, they have continued the traditional French Champenoise Method (Methode Traditionelle) to produce high quality sparkling wine.
I have tasted four of the five Metodo Tradicional available in NZ. All are made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a higher percentage of Pinot Noir in the blend, except the Brut Nature, showing lovey red fruit character and lacy acidity throughout.
Read the full reviews in expansions below.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Casa Boher Extra Brut Metodo Traditional NV, ArgentinaSparkling Wine from ArgentinaReview Date : 26-May-2022Bright, pale salmon with some depth, even colour throughout. Bubbles are fine and light. This has an elegantly soft bouquet, filled the nose with flora, red fruit and bready autolysis richness. Medium-full bodied, dry to taste, raspberries and lemon lead the palate with floral elements, pastry, citrus peel and toast. The wine has vibrant citrus and red fruit, supported by lively, lacy acidity, lends long, elegant closing. Autolysis is well-portioned, contributes to complexity and texture. This Extra Brut Metodo Tradicional possesses an elegant lacy line carries red and citrus fruit throughout the palate with complex autolysis features. Match with beef tataki and veal chop over the next 3-5 years. A blend of 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay from Finca Los Árboles in Tunuyán at 1,250M above sea level, Uco Valley Mendoza. Made under the Traditional Method, 12.9% alc, 10.5 g/l RS, time on lees minimum 18 months. 18+/20 pts (91 pts) May 2022 RRP $34
Rosell Boher Brut Metodo Tradicional NV, ArgentinaSparkling Wine from ArgentinaReview Date : 26-May-2022Bright, pale yellow with a salmon hue, slightly lighter on edge. Bubbles are fine and persistent. The nose is elegantly vibrant; aromas of peach and cherry interweave almond and savoury autolysis characters. Full-bodied, richly fragranced on the palate, nuances of peach, nectarine, and cherry form a ripe core, unfolding toast, marzipan, and a creamy linger. The mouthfeel is textured with fine phenolics, and fine mousse elevates the palate. Ripe and juicy acidity carries flavour and freshness to a long, lingering finish. This Brut Metodo Tradicional has succulent fruit with a balanced, ripe acid line and a fine-textured mouthfeel. Match with venison carpaccio and braised short ribs over the next 3-5 years. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from Finca Los Árboles in Tunuyán, at 1,250M above sea level, Uco Valley. Made under the Traditional Method, spent 30-36 months on lees, 12.5% alc, 12 g/l RS. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) May 2022 RRP $44
Rosell Boher Encarnacion Metodo Tradicional Brut Nature NV, ArgentinaSparkling Wine from ArgentinaReview Date : 27-May-2022Bright, medium straw-yellow, even. Fine and persistent vibrant bubbles. The nose is softly full, with aromas of peach and nectarine underlying cherry, baguette crust, candied walnut and floral fragrance. Medium-full bodied, stonefruit, cherries and apple have a taut core, unfolding caramel candied walnut, baguette, and toast. The wine is fresh with vibrant applely acidity; fine-textured phenolics lend a fine line and linearity. This has a juicy, fine acid tension with balanced, attractive autolysis details. Match with kingfish crudo and salmon steak over the next 5 years. A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from Finca Los Árboles in Tunuyán 1,250M above sea level Uco Valley, Mendoza. Made under the Traditional Method, spent a minimum of 24 months on lees, 12.6% alc, 7 g/l RS. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) May 2022 RRP $42
Rosell Boher Metodo Tradicional Grand Cuvee Millesimee 2015, ArgentinaSparkling Wine from ArgentinaReview Date : 27-May-2022Bright, even, pale salmon with depth; and moderately bubbles and beads. This nose is softly vibrant with aromas of cherry, tamarillo melded with sweet floral, biscuit and coconut. Elegantly presented and ethereal. Medium-bodied, aromas of cherry and tamarillo expended with rhubarb and orange, unveiling citrus zest; coconut, biscuit and almonds linger to a sustained, long finish. The textures are very fine, and the mouthfeel enlivened by acid precision drives a focused, long finish. Complex, coconut and idiosyncratic. Match with roasted pigeon and lamb over the next 5+ years. A blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay from Finca Los Árboles in Tunuyán 1,250M above sea level Uco Valley, Mendoza. Made under the Traditional Method, spent a minimum of 40 months on lees, 12.9% alc, 12 g/l RS. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) May 2022 RRP $75