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Today we are going to review a quite curious wine with the label Made in Moldova – Aeroplane Petrichor 2018 by Et Cetera. This wine is a blend of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc grape varieties, where chardonnay forms the main body and structure of the wine, while sauvignon blanc adds character and those appealing floral-herbaceous notes that are so much sought after by the winelovers. The wine is also part of the Aeroplane wine line, that is made of fresh and easy-to-drink wines, perfect for any day meals. Petrichor is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil, the word comes from greek petra, meaning rock or stone, and īchōr, which is the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in greek mythology. When a raindrop hits a porous surface, air from the pores forms small bubbles, which float to the surface and release aerosols. Such aerosols carry the scent of bacteria and viruses from the soil, known as geosmin. That said, without further ado, let’s skip the theory and 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 citrusy-herbaceous flavours: straw grass, quince, wet gravel, white pear, fresh cut grass, yellow apple, marguerite daisy, white apricot, lemon, hay,grapefruit, wetstone, chalkstone and subtle hints of meadow.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannins. It tastes round, lean and refreshingly crisp, with a nuanced fruity-citrusy profile and subtle minerality. The wine has a quite light and appealing palate, with a seedy and elegant mouthfeel – this is a real crowd-pleaser. Overall tit feels quite complex and well structured, with a fair overall balance and a bitter-crisp plate – a fine wine indeed.
The wine has a medium-plus finish and a quite pleasing, citrusy-crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.7 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 very fine and refreshing wine blend that is right there, at the peak of its form – a wine that can age for another 3 to 6 months in the bottle. Just keep in mind that it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late. The wine feels well balanced and quite complex, with a lean and round palate – this is a very appealing, easy to drink wine, with a nuanced fruity-citrusy profile and insistent herbceous-mineral flavours. In our opinion, this wine is a match made in heaven for seafood dishes that are rich in creamy textures, like for example lobster bisque or mahi mahi. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Aeroplane | Petrichor | #
overall rating: | 90.7 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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