GITANA WINERY | Manastirea Rohrbach Cru | 2015


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Tonight we’ve decided that the time has come for a very special wine with the label ‘Made in Moldova’ – Manastirea Rohrbach Cru 2015 from Gitana Winery. It is a late harvest single varietal riesling wine, that originates from the hills where once stood a monastery called Rohrbach, that was practicing the art of winemaking. The whole concept behind this wine is inspired by old german viticulture practices, to the point that even the grape’s clones were imported from Germany and were planted on the best sun-exposed walled hill, called cru. This is no regular wine, not at all – this is a typical riesling wine, as typical as it can be, taking into consideration local climate and terrior. That said, let’s find out how good this wine is and where it stands in our ratings. On to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Brilliant green color with topaz yellow shades towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits and honeyed flavours: noble petroleum scents, ripe pear, canned apricot, pineapple, honey, pomelo, mango, lemon, canned peach, dried melon, dried figs, raisins, crème brûlée and some subtle hints of botrytis.


The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It tastes bitter-crisp, complex and elegant, a bit seedy and quite mineral. The wine has a quite nuanced aromatic profile, with the accent on the fruity side, as it feels a bit green, a bit herbal and a bit tart at the same time, which forms an angular but fair overall balance.


It has a medium finish and a balanced, bitter-crisp aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.8 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.

Conclusion: this is definitely a wine in its prime form – ready to drink now or in the next 12 months – a fine riesling wine that does has class written all over it, from the first sip to the last one. Our recommendation is to go classic or crazy and pair it with sushi rolls or sashimi salad or break all rules and go all-in with a spicy seafood hot pot pairing, as the spiciness in the dish will counter balance those angular-green edges of the wine. It’s all about the balance of the extremes. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Manastirea Rohrbach Cru | 2015

grape: | riesling |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 90.8 |

conclusion: great | a must try



© 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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