GOGU WINERY | Blanc de Merlot | 2019


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Today we are going to review a quite interesting and even unique wine of Moldova – Blanc de Merlot 2019 by Gogu Winery. This is a single-varietal merlot wine, but it is made in a non-traditional, blanc de noir style, meaning that this is a white wine that is made of red grapes. In order to make a white wine from red grapes, winemakers use a technique, where the juice from the grapes is separated from the skins and seeds as soon as possible to avoid pigmentation and tannin extraction. The resulting wine is quite close to a regular white wine, because the pulp of the berry is grey, without any color extract. In other words, the red grapes are vinified using the white wines technique, but let’s not put too much emphasis on the theory side. That said, without further ado, let’s move on straight to our tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

concentration: translucent
color: straw-white
clarity: pale
hue/rim: pastel-yellow

intensity: rich
fruit profile: green fruits | citrus fruits | stone fruits
__green fruits: white pear | white apple | quince | gooseberry
__citrus fruits: lemon | white grapefruit | white pomelo
__stone fruits: white peach | white apricot
fruit character: ripe | overripe

non fruit: herbal | sweet
__herbal: lemon grass | wormwood | marguerite daisy
__sweet: pear candy
__wood: none

sweetness: dry
acidity: med(+)
alcohol: med(+)
tannin: med(-)
__grip: firm
body: light & round
balance: fair
__dominant: acidity
complexity: simple

fruit profile: green fruits | stone fruits
fruit character: ripe | overripe
non fruit: herbal | sweet
finish: medium
aftertaste: bitter-crisp

GOGU WINERY | Blanc de Merlot | 2019
variety: merlot
country: Moldova
region: Stefan Voda
rating: 90.3

maturity: in its prime | drink now
verdict: good | recommended
96x96This is definitely a good wine of Moldova and with a total of 90.3 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 crisp and refreshing wine, one that has definitely already reached the peak of its form – fruity, zesty and expressive, with mouth-watering acidity and a very appealing, bitter-crisp finale. It feels a bit wild and herbaceous, with a citrusy-fruity profile and a meadowy accent. Overall this is a very well structured white wine that will do well alongside light seafood dishes, like for example fresh oysters served with lemon, or some grilled dorado fillets dressed in lemon-butter sauce. Enjoy!

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