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Tonight we are going to review a wine that is quite rare and unique in its own way, as it is a single varietal viorica wine – Vinvoyage Viorica from Kvint. Viorica variety is little known outside of Moldova, as it is mainly used in production of local sparkling and table wines. Viorica is an indigenous grape variety and it was long considered the visit card of Moldova’s wines, as it is distinguished by an expressive and intense aromatic bouquet, reminiscent of wild flowers and sweet fruits. Local winemakers tend to produce off-dry or demi-sweet viorica wines due to its nuanced aromatics, this is why this wine is a rare find, as it is a dry one, but enough with the theory, let’s get on to the tasting itself.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Straw yellow color with brilliant white hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with floral and sweet fruits flavours: muscat grape, rose petals, acacia flower, linder flower, daffodil, yellow pear, ripe yellow apple, honeysuckle, honey melon, iris flower and some nuanced hints of candied pineapple.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and rough tannin. It tastes angular, austere and quite sharp, with a nuanced rough but sweet accent. The wine feels very aromatic, floral and a bit aggressive, unbalanced, yet refreshing and appealing, with a fair overall balance between its elements.
It has a medium finish and an angular, rough but crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.5 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 a wine that has just passed over its peak form, definitely ready to drink now and not worth of any more bottle ageing, as it feels angular and sharp, yet lean and appealing overall. It seem that this is a quite aromatic wine, one that lacks just a bit of harmony and balance. In order to smoothen its sharp edges and amplify the aromatics, we would recommend to pair this wine with fat-rich seafood dishes, like for example sushi/sashimi or some lemon-dressed oysters. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Viorica | #
grape: | viorica |
overall rating: | 88.5 |
conclusion: good | recommended
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