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Today we are going to review a single-varietal feteasca neagra wine from the famous Stefan-Voda region – Feteasca Neagra 2019 by Te Wā Wines. Feteasca Neagra is an indigenous romanian variety that has been grown for hundreds of years on substantial plantings in Moldova, Muntenia and Oltenia, and today this is the most planted red variety in Romania. Wines made from feteasca neagra grapes are usually fruit-forward, with medium+ body and moderate complexity – wines that often can be compared to cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, mostly due to their firmness, high tannins and elegant textures. There is a rising demand for feteasca neagra wines lately both, on the local market as well as on the international markets. Te Wā (which means ‘time will tell‘ in Maori) is a wine project initiated by two enthusiasts, whose aim is to create limited edition wines that are capable to deliver the very best of Moldova’s terroir. 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:
intensity: rich & vinous
fruit profile: black fruits & blue fruits
__black fruits: blackcurrant | black plum | blackberry | black cherry
__blue fruits: blue plum | blueberry | blueberry
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: spice | oak | other
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg | cloves | anise
__oak: roasted oakwood | cherry tree wood | tobacco
__other: black soil | cherry tree sap | veal | hints of leather
__wood: new / medium roasted
body: round | medium+
__dominant: acidity & alcohol
fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: spice & oak
maturity: youthful | developing
verdict: great | a must try
This is definitely a great wine of Moldova and, with a total of 92.5 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 feteasca neagra wine: rich, supple and expressive – one that is yet too youthful to be enjoyed today, thus a wine that can still benefit from another 3 or 4 years of bottle ageing. The wine has a quite infantile and vinous nose, with ripe black and blue fruits flavours in the foreground, supported by some noble oaky-spicy notes in the background. It tastes firm, ripe and very well structured, with an extracted fruity accent, mouth-watering acidity and a seedy-crisp finale. With fine-grained tannins and just a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel, this is one of the best feteasca neagra wines available on the local market. It feels youthful and harmonious on the palate, with a medium+ body and a noble mixture of ripe black fruits, spice and some insistent earthy flavours that might hint at the Stefan-Voda unique terroir. What this wine lacks today is a bit of elegance and finesse, as it has yet to round up and settle down its expresiviness.
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