GOGU WINERY | Metafora Alta | 2018
cabernet sauvignon | saperavi | feteasca neagra


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Tonight we are going to review a wine that has recommended itself as one of the best local red blends – Metafora Alta 2018 by Gogu Winery. This wine is a blend of three grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon, saperavi and feteasca neagra, where cabernet sauvignon forms the main body and structure, saperavi creates the flavour foreground and adds more color, while feteasca neagra enhances the wine’s aromatic profile with black fruit flavours and some subtle terrior-enriched hints. Wine blending is part science and part art, as it takes years to master. This particular wine has been aged for 16 months in french oak and comes from the famous Stefan Voda region. 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: ruby


intensity: rich
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: black cherry | blackcurrant | blackberry | black plum | black mulberry
fruit character: overripe | jammy

non fruit: spice | oak | sweet | other
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg | cloves | anise
__oak: liquorice | sweet tobacco | medium roasted oakwood
__sweet: blackcurrant jam | black mulberry jam
other: leather
__wood: new / medium

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

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

GOGU WINERY | Metafora Alta | 2018

variety: cabernet sauvignon | saperavi | feteasca neagra
country: Moldova
region: Stefan Voda
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 crisp, with overwhelming acidity and quite 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 the peak of its peak form. The wine tastes ripe, fruit-forward and very appealing, with overripe black fruits and some very nuanced spicy, leathery and tobacco notes. The wine has a full body, a ripe-tannic grip on the mouthfeel and some noble oaky hints in the background. All in all this is a firm, grippy and well structured wine blend, one that is definitely among the best local wine blends of late. In its current state it does feel a bit off the balance, mostly due to its sharp acidity, which will make it a perfect partner for dishes that are rich in natural fat and proteins (veal or venison). Enjoy!
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