Romania is known for cheaper wines, with some promising Pinot Noir produced there. This organic Chardonnay is an unexpected surprise. Coming from the key region of Dealu Mare (the big hill) this lightly oaked Chardonnay shows lots of precision, lime fruits and concentration that, in a blind tasting, would have tasters thinking parts of Burgundy. Given the winemaker is from there, perhaps no surprise! - Andy Howard
About the Wine
Romania has had a reputation for many years as a source of cheap and uninteresting wines. There has been a lack of investment for many years but there is now a lot of interest in the wines from countries such as Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Greece. So it’s inevitable that winemakers from around the world are looking at Romania again, particularly in the top area of Dealu Mare.
Here, Pinot Noir thrives and another Burgundian favourite – Chardonnay – is also successful. This organic wine has been created with the involvement of Moillard, a major force in Burgundy. With light oaking, this is definitely reminiscent of some top Macon wines with lots of concentration, lime zest and some tropical fruit character. In a blind tasting, very, very few tasters would place this in Romania.
Goes well with
The weight and concentration makes this a good match with white meats, chicken, turkey and guinea fowl. The acidity will cut through richer pasta dishes with creamy sauces, and it will work very well with prawns and lobster.