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We still continue to review Wine of Moldova and we’ve decided to change the style – we’re switching to the dessert wine theme, and why not start with a bang – the fanciest and the women’s favorite wine style of them all – Icewine. To be honest, we did not expect this one to be a hard choice, but, as icewine is one of the most in-demand wine style on the market these days, there are more dessert wines out there than one could count on it’s both hands, so why not start with the recently releases one – Icewine Rkatiteli 2013 from Mimí.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
The wine has a bright, transparent and pure yellow-green color, with the rim-color of a clear yellowish shade.
The nose is rich, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is sharp and insistent and it brings very clear notes of jammy fruits, candies and honey: apricot compote, may honey, peach jam, nectarine, mango, candied pineapple, acacia flower and walnuts. This is one hell of a summer mix – imagine mixing together a piece of rainbow, some sprinkles and a dozen of sun rays. Well yeah, you’ve got the general idea.
The wine is extra-sweet, with quite a lot of residual sugar. It has moderate alcohol and high to moderate acidity. With soft tannin level it tastes jammy and delicious, with just a bit of bitterness inside. The overall balance is good – the wine tastes oily, rich and flamboyant, like a herbal elixir, or better, like a concentrated fruit syrup.
The wine has a long finish and a velvety-silky aftertaste, it feels a bit sharp and a little too much insistent towards the end.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.5 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Last but not least, we would like to mention that this is an amazing dessert wine indeed, it can be served as an aperitif or as a dessert drink after the meal and it pairs amazingly well with brie cheese or with bitter-sweet gorgonzola, pear and arugula salad. This is a wine that will leave no prisoners, you either love it or hate it – our appreciation is definitely on the love side. Also, we would like to highlight that this is a modern icewine after all – it replicates the traditional icewine method by freezing grapes instantly after the harvest, which makes it possible to separate grape juice from the frozen water, leading to a more sugar concentrated grape juice, that will be ultimately processed into a dessert wine.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Icewine | Rkatiteli | 2013
grape: | rkatsiteli |
overall rating: | 88.5 |
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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