CHÂTEAU VARTELY | Malbec & Syrah Rosé | 2015
malbec | syrah


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we are still on the rosé wine theme. Today we are going to review a wine freshly released on the market this past summer. But, this time we’ve selected a rosé wine that is a bit different, because it is made of neither cabernet sauvignon, nor merlot grapes, instead it is made of malbec and syrah varieties – quite an unusual approach for a rosé wine from Moldova – Malbec & Syrah Rosé 2015 from Château Vartely.

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


The wine has a pure salmon pink color – very bright and transparent – with the rim-color of a subtle pastel pink shade.


The nose is rich and sweet, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings clear notes of sweet fruits: strawberry, raspberry, white cherry, red gooseberry, red currant, watermelon, sicilian orange, red grapefruit, underripe sour cherry and some subtle bitter notes of arugula.


The wine is dry, with just some hints of residual sugar. It has moderate alcohol level, high acidity and medium tannin, which makes the wine taste fresh, crisp and fruity. The overall balance is fair – the wine tastes bitter-crisp, delicious and lean. This is a very refreshing rosé wine, elegant and zesty.


The wine has a medium-plus finish, with a balanced aftertaste, that evolves from fruity-elegant to bitter-tart towards the end – this is a fine summer wine indeed.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.8 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 the blend itself: it is quite well balanced, the varieties that make the blend are wisely chosen: were syrah adds body and structure, while malbec adds that little extra detail, that makes the wine feel whole and round, with nuanced individuality and character. Overall the wine feels very light, fresh and crisp – it has a nuanced, fruit-driven profile – you can really smell the summer in the glass. This is exactly why we love wines after all – they trigger some precious memories and feelings.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Malbec & Syrah Rosé | 2015

grape: | malbec | syrah |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 89.8 |

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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