TIMBRUS | Rosé | 2018
merlot | feteasca neagra | saperavi


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Today we are going to review another rosé wine blend with the label Made in MoldovaRosé 2018 by Timbrus. This wine is a blend of merlot, feteasca neagra and saperavi grape varieties, where feteasca neagra forms the main body and structure, merlot brings the red fruit flavors, while saperavi adds color and delicateness to the final blend. Most rosé wines are made by the so-called ‘saignee method‘, when the juice of red wine is strained from its skins before it becomes too dark, thus the winemaker has to remove the grape skins (the source of the red pigment) when the wine reaches the perfect color. That said, let’s get rid of all that theory and, without further ado, move on – straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Pastel pink color with bright peach shades towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruit flavours: sweet cherry, strawberry, watermelon, nectarine, mango, raspberry, cherry tomato, peonies, berberry, wolfberry, berberry candy, cherry candy, rose hips and some hints of red delicious apple.


The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and rough tannin. This is a quite expressive, nuanced and a bit rough rosé wine, with a fruity-candied profile, as it tastes crisp yet angular, with a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel, which creates a bitter-seedy, even austere sensation. It has a fair overall balance, with a sharp and a bit green body and overwhelming acidity, that makes it taste wide and appealing.


The wine has a medium finish and a tart, a bit sharp and quite rough aftertaste.

96x96This is definitely a good wine of Moldova and, with a total of 89.5 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Conclusion: this is a quite refreshing, fruity and at the same time rough rosé wine which is already there, at the summit of its peak form – a delicious rosé wine that is not worth further ageing, as it lacks harmony and finesse on the palate. We would recommend to drink it now, as long as it is still flamboyant and aromatic, as those fruity-candied notes on the nose are extremely appealing. In order to smoothen the wine’s angles and amplify its flavours, we would suggest to pair it with fat-rich seafood dishes or creamy italian cuisine, like for example sea bass with peanut sauce noodles or creamy garlic penne. Noroc!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Rosé | 2018

grape: | merlot | feteasca neagra | saperavi |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 89.5 |

maturity: in its prime

conclusion: good | (recommended)



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