Updated: May 3
Maluri de Prut 2016
Prut River, Moldova
I am very fond of this producer, as its wines remember me one of the best long weekend trip spent with my brother, in the case in Moldova (and Transinistria). I found excellent food and amazing wines (and brandy) over there, but this is the first time that I try this nectar. It is a blend of the indigenous varieties of Feteasca Neagră (90%) and Rara Neagră (10%). The wine is aged for 6 months in French oak barrique. Then it is cold bottled under sterile conditions, then a natural cork stopper is applied and the wine continues its aging in the bottle for another 6 months. Sănătate!
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour. The intensity is deep.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. There are hints of ripe black fruits, but also the sweetness of the strawberry, and a light jam. After a couple of swirls, herbaceous notes, the liquorice and the tomato leaf come out. As secondary aromas, there are a touch of vanilla and cloves. The dry fruits and meat are the predominant tertiaries.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium high level of acidity. The tannins are medium plus and not only polish perfectly the teeth, but they give a pleasant astringent sensation. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%) and warm up the soul immediately. The flavour intensity is pronounced. On the palate, the fruit is riper, almost towards the jam. But it is not nauseating or boring. There are also hints of raisins. The spectrum of secondary aromas is wider, including the charred wood, vanilla, cedar, and cloves.
It is really tasty nectar confirming the good reputation of Moldovan wines, and this producer in particular. The black fruit is ripe and opulent, but still vibrant and well balanced with the other aromas. The wine is generous with pronounced flavour intensity and a long lasting. I prefer it by its own, than with a meal, as it lacks a bit of body.
Final vote: 91
Price: £19.95 at Transylvaniawine.co.uk