GITANA WINERY | Surori | 2018
saperavi | rara neagra
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The wine we are going to review tonight is quite special – Surori 2018 by Gitana Winery. This is a rosé blend made of saperavi and rara neagra grape varieties, which are two of the most seldom used varieties in a rosé wine. The wine is named after the two sisters, Liliana and Iuliana Dulgher, also pointing at the two varieties picked for the blend – one flamboyant and expressive and the other delicate and subtle. With grapes harvested by hand in the Valul lui Traian region, and with 25 days of ageing on fine lees, this wine is meant to capture the character of its area of origin. But enough theory – on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale peach color, with pinkish-greyish hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits flavours: white apple, white peach, raspberry, sweet cherry, white apricot, white mulberry, pink mirabelle, white pear, ripe gooseberry, peonies and some nuanced hints of marguerite daisy.
The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It tastes bitter-crisp, lean and very refreshing. The wine has a fair overall balance, as it feels seedy, round and fruity with some slight citrusy hints. It has a quite complex and well structured body and a balanced, fresh and light mouthfeel with overwhelming acidity. This is a very fine rosé wine – delicious, delicate and appealing at the same time.
The wine has a medium-plus finish and a balanced, bitter-crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.1 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 fine of a refreshing and elegant rosé wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form, yet one that can still resist up to 9 more months of bottle ageing. Due to the two unusual grape varieties that were used in the blend, this is quite memorable rosé and one of the best we’ve ever tasted so far. We firmly believe that this wine style is a perfect match for light salads or slightly sweet seafood dishes, like for example smoked salmon bruschetta, balsamic baked salmon or lobster tails with honey & garlic butter sauce, which are some very nice pairings indeed. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Surori | 2018
grape: | saperavi | rara neagra |
region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian
overall rating: | 91.1 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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