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Tonight we are going to review an unique wine, as it is not only a dessert wine, but a true ice wine – Brumariu Riesling Ice-Wine 2007 by Dionysos-Mereni. Ice wines are one of the treasures of the wine world – made from riesling grapes that are left on the vines to freeze deep into the winter, thus the sugar content increases due to dehydration and frost and as a result the wine becomes more concentrated. Once you taste a true ice wine, it is really hard to ignore this wonderful gift that a marriage of grapes and a cold climate can deliver. But enough theory, without further ado let’s move on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Golden yellow color with deep-yellow shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with notes of jam, honey and overripe sweet fruits: quince jam, petroleum, rubber, honey, walnut jam, almonds, peach jam, dried apricot, straw grass, white cherry jam, apricot jam, overripe yellow pear, lindenflower, candied pineapple, honeysuckle, iris flower, honey melon, elderflower, lemon jam, candied peach and some very nuanced hints of dried figs and moist wood.
The wine is extra sweet, with moderate alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. This is a refreshing summer elixir: syrupy, oily and supple with an appealing, fruity-jamy profile. It tastes crisp, velvety and smooth, with an extremely appealing mouthfeel and an elegant and complex body. This is a real crowd-pleaser – it has a good overall balance, as it display signs of elegance and finesse, with a delicious, bittersweet finale.
It has a long finish and a velvety, bitter, sweet and crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 92.0 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.
Conclusion: this is more of a nectar than a wine, that is just a bit over its prime form – elegant, noble and extremely appealing, with a nuanced fruity-jamy profile. Our insistent recommendation is to drink it now, as long as it is still full of flamboyance and finesse. That said, you can still keep it for later occasions, as sweet wines usually respond well to ageing due to high amount of residual sugar and high acidity, and this one is no exception – it may age well for another year or two. A summer elixir as this one will do great on its own, as an aperitif wine, or paired with baked camembert cheese served with honey, demi-sweet crème brûlée, or some walnut butter cake. Delicious!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Riesling | Ice-Wine | 2007
grape: | riesling |
overall rating: | 92.0 |
maturity: over its prime
conclusion: great | a must try
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