GITANA WINERY | Saperavi | 2012


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We are reviewing Wine of Moldova once more and the wine that we’ve selected today is a quite rare, but at the same time a quite famous one – Saperavi from Gitana Winery. It is rare because there are only a couple single varietal saperavi wines on the market these days, and it is famous because saperavi grapes are a common blending partner for grapes with strong character such as cabernet sauvignon or merlot.

Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:


The wine has a noble-clear purple color, it is dense and quite opaque, with the rim-color on the purple-violet side of the spectrum.


The nose is clean, sharp and strong with no signs of wine faults. The first nose unleashes fresh notes of blue fruits and berries: wildberry, blue plum, jostaberry, blackberry, wolfberry, cranberry and a hint of sour cherry. Then come the elegant notes of tomato leaf, wormwood and a noble fresh oak scent.


The wine is dry, a bit seedy and a bit savory, with no signs of residual sugar. It is smooth and elegant, with moderate, well integrated alcohol, high acidity and dry tannin. It feels rustic and friendly at the same time. The wine has a good overall balance – it tastes round, fair and refined, with an expressive, rich and crisp structure.


The wine has a long, bittercrisp finish, with a velvety aftertaste – quite savory and zesty.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.5 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 saperavi is a quite famous grape here in Moldova, and if managed properly it can turn into a very good wine, a fact that was taken seriously by some winemakers. Some of them are growing saperavi grapes exclusively for blending purpose, as it adds character and tart notes to the final blend. Others took the risk to release a single varietal saperavi wine on the market, and, judging by the wine we’ve tasted today, it’s worth it.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Saperavi | 2012

grape: | saperavi |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 89.5 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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