CHÂTEAU VARTELY | Winemaker’s Selection | Syrah | 2011


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We are still on the Wine of Moldova theme for the time being and we have chosen quite a different wine this time, a single varietal syrah wine – Winemaker’s Selection Syrah 2011 from Château Vartely. It is part of the famous Winemaker’s Selection series, that we’ve already covered before, and it is one of the pioneers of syrah wines here in Moldova. A classic syrah is one of those full-bodied, bold single varietal red wines and, without doubt, the most spiciest of them all.

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


The wine has a clear garnet color, it is dense and opaque, with the rim-color of a deep ruby shade.


The nose is clean and rich, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings nuanced notes of black fruits and spice: ripe sour cherry, black plum, black mulberry, black currant and black pepper. The second nose is more delicate, with sharp notes of charred wood, black tea and red olive – a clear sign that the wine was maturated in a medium-plus roasted barrique.


The wine is extra-dry, with no hints of residual sugar. It has moderate alcohol level, moderate acidity and dry tannin, which makes the wine taste sharp and muscular, quite complex, bold and dense. With an overall good balance, it feels quite big, extracted and spicy-smoky – we would describe it as woody.


The wine has a long-plus finish, with a balanced, and quite nuanced, bitter-toasty aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.7 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 applaud the winemaker’s initiative of making those bold and dense red wines of less famous grape varieties like syrah or malbec, as there’s always the risk that the consumer will not accept it. It is hard to break all the habits and stereotypes in a country, were cabernet sauvignon and merlot take the lion’s share of wine sales. We can only welcome such initiatives and enjoy those rare and delightful wines. Did we mention that syrah is a formidable food pairing partner? Just try it out – the keywords here are ‘grill & spicy’.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Winemaker’s Selection | Syrah | 2011

grape: | syrah |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 88.7 |

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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