GITANA WINERY | Manastirea Rohrbach Cru | 2014


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we’re still on the white wine theme, but this time it’s time for some special riesling wine. Single variety riesling wine is growing in popularity in Moldova, but it is a bit tricky to find top quality riesling thou, as there is no definite style of this wine yet, that’s why every riesling we try is different, playing in a league of it’s own, at least that was the case until now. The wine that we’ve selected for today’s tasting is none other than Manastirea Rohrbach Cru 2014 from Gitana Winery.

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


The wine has a pure, topaz-yellow color, with some yellow-amethyst shades and some translucent green shades on the rim.


The nose is strong, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is delicate and insistent, with nuanced mineral and sweet fruits notes: petroleum and rubber, dried banana, passion fruit, mango, overripe quince, baked pumpkin, white cherry jam, acacia flowers, fresh honey and some hints of wetstone and chalk.


The wine is extra-dry, with no hints of residual sugar. It has strong alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin, which makes the wine taste sharp, woody and oily, with some nuanced seedy-green accents. The overall balance is fair, this is a crisp, angular and noble wine, which casts memories of late summer harvest days, with those nuanced notes of petroleum and rubber – the two aromas that may be found almost in every Grand Cru d’Alsace riesling wine.


The wine has a medium finish and a balanced aftertaste, bitter and austere, but oily and smooth at the same time.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.0 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, it is to be mentioned that this is a top riesling wine, that is truly leaving up to its Cru name, which means that the crops are picked from the same walled vineyard. Also, there’s a reason to be proud of – this wine was well appreciated outside of Moldova‘s borders, it has been awarded a commended award by Decanter World Wine Awards, the most influential wine tasting competition in the world of wine – a reason Wine of Moldova can be proud of. We would also like to mention that this is a classic riesling wine, old-world, with nuanced petroleum and late-harvest notes, that does not lack in complexity and body – a wine worth of it’s ‘Cru’ name.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Manastirea Rohrbach Cru | 2014

grape: | riesling |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 90.0 |

conclusion: great | a must try



(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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