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Today we are going to review a very interesting wine, as it is not only a dessert wine, but an ice wine as well, as the grapes were harvested when the first frost hit the vines – Flori de Gheata Rose Dulce from Tohani. Ice wines are one of the treasures of the wine world – made from grapes that are left on the vines to freeze deep into the winter, so that the sugar content increases due to dehydration and frost and, as a result the wine becomes more concentrated. Once you taste a true ice wine, it is really hard to ignore this wonderful gift that a marriage of grapes and a cold climate can offer. This particular wine is made of busuioaca de bohotin grapes, which is a branch variety of the muscat family. This is a variety of grapes that is sensitive to frost, drought, excess of moisture, it is easy susceptible to powdery and very sensitive to blight and botrytis. That said and 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:
color: pale peach
clarity: pastel pink hues
intensity: rich & pungent
fruit profile: stone fruits & berry fruits
__stone fruits: apricot | nectarine
__berry fruits: strawberry | wolfberry | berberry | goji berry | red currant
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: floral | other
__floral: rose petals | peonies | acacia blossom
__other: rose hips
body: oily | medium
fruit profile: berry fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: sweet
aftertaste: crisp & sweet
maturity: in its prime | drink now
verdict: fine | highly recommended
This is definitely a fine wine of Romania and with a total of 91.7 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 appealing and zingy dessert wine that feels more like a summer nectar than an actual wine – a wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form, therefore no more bottle ageing is required. It tastes oily, crisp and very refreshing, with a nuanced fruity-floral profile and a round palate. This is a very well balanced and harmonious wine overall that is meant to be enjoyed today rather than tomorrow. On the palate it has nice acidity, well integrated alcohol and a touch o seediness on the finish that makes the wine taste seedy-sweet and slightly opulent or lean. All in all this is a fair dessert wine that might lack some structure or complexity in order to be considered apt for more bottle ageing, therefore our recommendation is to enjoy the wine while it is still young and beautiful and flamboyant. Cheers!
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