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Today we are going to review a quite interesting wine with the label Made in Moldova – Chardonnay by Omega 2018 by Castel Mimí. This is a single varietal chardonnay wine, vinified in a classic Bourgogne style, with 6 months of oak aged in Radoux Omega french oak barrels, which means that the wine also went through the malolactic fermentation – a process where the crisp, malic acid in the wine is converted into a more softer, lactic acid, thus, the wine becomes less tart and more silky. Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grape variety that is prized for its versatility and ability to produce top-quality wines in a wide range of climates and terroirs. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pastel-yellow color with pale, straw-yellow hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is rich, filled mostly with sweet fruits and some subtle herbaceous flavours: white pear, lemon, quince, yellow apple, straw grass, hay, oakwood, white apricot, white grapefruit, pineapple, peach, cashew, almonds, hazelnut, chalkstone, camomile and some nuanced hints of meadow and wild flowers.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannins. It tastes woody, opulent and smooth, with a nuanced fruity-citrusy profile. The wine has a quite oaky, lean and crisp palate, with an austere, astringent and rough mouthfeel. Overall the fine feels sharp and aggressive, with a quite plump and round body and nuanced minerality – this is a quite nice chardonnay wine, that lacks maybe just a bit of complexity and some harmony between its structure-forming elements – a fair balance overall.
The wine has a medium-plus finish and a quite pleasing, woody and crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.4 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 fine chardonnay wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form – a wine that can resist a couple more years of bottle ageing. The wine has been produced in a limited edition of only 1175 bottles, all of them aged for 6 months in Radoux Omega french oak barrels and the result is there – full-bodied, oaky and austere, with a nuanced woodiness on the mouthfeel, which is quite characteristic for oaked chardonnay wines. With slight bitterness on the finish, this wine might feel a bit off its balance, as it lacks maybe just a bit of elegance and finesse – one of those wines that can be served as an aperitif, but also works well alongside the main entrée. Our suggestion is to pair it with fat-rich creamy dishes, like for example lobster tails with white butter sauce or some mahi mahi fillets served with lemon-garlic sauce. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Chardonnay by Omega | 2018
grape: | chardonnay |
overall rating: | 90.4 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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