PURCARI | Malbec de Purcari | 2018


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Today we are going to review a single-varietal malbec wine that comes from the famous Stefan-Voda region – Malbec de Purcari 2018 by Purcari. Known for its plump, dark fruit flavors and smoky finish, malbec wines have been adored for centuries, especially by the royal houses of England and Russia. With elegant notes of plum, tobacco and hints of violets, malbec offers a great alternative to its higher priced siblings: merlot, cabernet sauvignon or syrah. Malbec originates in the famous Cahors region of France, however Argentina proved that there’s more to malbec variety than just value, as it can offer an unmatched complexity and elegance if produced in a new-world style, with a very nuanced fruity character. 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:

concentration: deep
colour: ruby
clarity: clear
hue/rim: purple


intensity: powerful
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: black plum | blackcurrant | blackberry | black raspberry | black cherry
fruit character: ripe | overripe

non fruit: floral | spice | oak | animal
__floral: hints of violets
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg | cloves | anise
__oak: roasted oakwood | tobacco | allspice | cinnamon | liquorice
__animal: capocollo | chorizo | musk | leather | game
__wood: new / medium

sweetness: dry
acidity: med(+)
alcohol: med(+)
tannin: med(+)
__grip: ripe
body: round | medium+
balance: fair
__dominant: acidity
complexity: moderate

fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: spice & oak
finish: med(+)
aftertaste: appealing & crisp

PURCARI | Malbec de Purcari | 2018

variety: malbec
country: Moldova
region: Stefan Voda
rating: 91.4

maturity: youthfull | on the rise
verdict: fine | highly recommended
96x96This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 91.4 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.

Verdict: this is a very fine and delicate wine indeed – fruity-savory, velvety and quite rustic – a wine that is still too youthful, as it has yet to reach the summit of its prime form, thus one that requires another 2 or 3 years of bottle ageing. It tastes seedy-tart and expressive, with quite a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel and overwhelming acidity – still a wine that lacks just a bit of structure. It feels supple, plump and round, with a medium+, slightly angular body and a noble mixture of ripe black fruits, nuanced rustic-meaty flavours and subtle hints of violets. This is a wine that will go well alongside meaty dishes that are rich in savory-wild natural flavours, like for example duck breast or a medium-rare venison steak.
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