GOGU WINERY | Metafora | 2018
merlot | cabernet sauvignon | saperavi


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Today we are going to review a wine that has established itself as one of the best reds in a relatively short time, a wine that should be followed very closely – Metafora 2018 by Gogu Winery. This wine is a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and saperavi, where merlot forms the main body and the flavour foreground, cabernet sauvignon adds structure and complexity to the blend, while saperavi rounds up the palate and enhances the wine’s aromatic profile with those mesmerizing notes of liquorice and studded leather. Wine blending is part science and part art, as it takes years to master – the winemakers has to use a combination of technical skills, laboratory analysis and of wine tasting in order to achieve the desired results. This particular wine has been aged for 15 months in french oak barrels and is made of 40% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 30% saperavi. 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: medium
colour: ruby
clarity: hazy
hue/rim: ruby


intensity: rich
fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits
__red fruits: overripe sour cherry
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackcurrant | dried black cherry
fruit character: ripe | overripe

non fruit: spice | oak
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg
__oak: liquorice | medium roasted oakwood | hints of cinnamon
__wood: new / medium roasted

sweetness: dry
acidity: high
alcohol: med(+)
tannin: high
__grip: ripe
body: medium+
balance: good
__dominant: acidity | alcohol
complexity: complex

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

GOGU WINERY | Metafora | 2018

variety: merlot | cabernet sauvignon | saperavi
country: Moldova
region: Stefan Voda | Causeni
rating: 92.0

maturity: on the rise | developing
verdict: great | a must try
96x96This is definitely a great wine of Moldova and, with a total of 92.0 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 wine blend that has exceeded expectations: round, supple and ripe, with mouth-watering acidity and a touch of alcoholic warmth on the plate – a wine that needs a bit more time in the bottle (at least 3 or 4 more years), as it has yet to reach its peak form. The wine tastes rich, fruit-forward and very appealing, with plenty of ripe and overripe black fruits and some very nuanced spicy notes on the finale. The wine has a medium+ body, a ripe-tannic grip on the mouthfeel and some subtle yet noble oaky hints in the background. Overall this is a well structured and nicely balanced wine blend, one that is definitely among the best local wine blends. Cheers!
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