CHÂTEAU VARTELY | Winemaker’s Selection | Malbec | 2013


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We will stick with Wine of Moldova for the time being and the wine that we’ve selected for the review tonight is Winemaker’s Selection Malbec 2013 from Château Vartely. This is a single-variety malbec wine, which is a rare statement these days, in fact only a few winemakers in Moldova do grow malbec grapes, mostly intended for blending with other noble varieties. If judging by what we’ve tasted before, malbec proved to be a variety with quite some potential on Moldova’s terroir and we can expect more single-variety malbec wines to be released in the upcoming seasons.

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


The wine has a clear ruby color, it is hazy and a bit transparent, with the rim-color of a noble garnet shade.


The nose is clean and rich with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings out notes of sour fruits mixed with some savory aromas: sour cherry, wormwood, blue plum, dried cherry tomato, wolfberry and a deep aroma of moist wood. Later on come the savory notes of moist earth, wet leather and a hint of salted tomatoes – a very delicate, rustic flavor that will keep haunting you for quite some time.


The wine is dry, with no hints of residual sugar on the palate. It has moderate, well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and medium tannin, which makes the wine taste round, a bit wide and a bit tart, but quite friendly and lean. The wine has a fair overall balance – this is definitely a savory wine, a bit green, but fair and rustic, with some herbaceous and seedy hints towards the end.


The wine has a medium finish with a balanced, seedy-tart aftertaste, which fills your mouth with refreshing delight.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.6 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 wine replaces the Winemaker’s Selection Malbec 2012, a wine that we’ve highlighted for its savory-rustic profile. Even though it may feel a bit flabby and tight at first sight, this is still a very good wine, with its unique taste profile and palate, savory and quite addictive (it is a malbec after all, a grape variety that only France and Argentina could manage properly). We would recommend this wine to be paired with carb-rich food, like honey glazed leg of lamb or pork rillons, to make for a perfect dinner at the end of a tiresome day in the office.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Winemaker’s Selection | Malbec | 2013

grape: | malbec |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 88.6 |

conclusion: good | 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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