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Today we are going to review a single varietal viorica wine, which is an indigenous local variety – a hybrid grape, made by crossing the two red varieties, seibel and aleatico – Viorica de Purcari 2019 by Purcari. Viorica is a rare, light-skinned white grape variety that is little known outside of Moldova, as it is mainly used in production of table wines. It was long considered the visit card of Moldova’s wines, as it is distinguished by an expressive and intense aromatic bouquet, reminiscent of wild flowers and sweet fruits. Viorica is traditionally vinified off-dry or semi-sweet due to its nuanced aromatics, resulting in truly unique and flamboyant wines. This is a variety with a strong personality: citrusy-floral on the nose, with a touch of honey in the background – a variety that has only recently been introduced to the international market, where it has been highly appreciated by Decanter World Wine Awards (one of the most appreciated wine tasting competitions) with a ‘Best in Show‘ award. 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:
fruit profile: sweet fruits | stone fruits
__sweet fruits: pear | white apple | wild pear
__stone fruits: apricot | peach | nectarine
fruit character: ripe & overripe
non fruit: floral | herbal
__floral: rose petals | acacia blossom | honeysuckle | freesia flowers | linden flower
__herbal: straw grass | meadow | nettle
body: lean | medium
fruit profile: sweet fruits & citrus fruits
fruit character: unripe
non fruit: floral & herbal
aftertaste: green | bitter-crisp
maturity: in its prime | drink now
verdict: fine | highly recommended
This 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 viorica wine that is right there, at the peak of its form: lean, round and refreshingly crisp. The wine feel slightly opulent and highly aromatic, with a quite supple and a bit green plate, a nuanced fruity-floral accent and a bitter-seedy finale. The wine also displays some very insistent herbal hints on the nose, with well integrated acidity and overwhelming alcohol warmth on the mouthfeel. Overall this is a very refined viorica wine and our recommendation would be to drink this wine today or in the next 3 to 6 months and pair it with some naturally scented seafood dishes, like for example mahi-mahi fillets with lemon or king prawns with garlic & butter sauce. Enjoy!
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