Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Vintage: 2012, DOC-CMD Sebes-Alba
Limited edition: 13,000 bottles
Bronze Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 – www.decanter.com
Gold Medal – National Wine Contest “Golden Grape” 2012 –
Silver Medal – International Wine Contest Bucharest 2012 –
Silver Medal – International Wine Contest Bucharest 2011 –
88 points – Wine Enthusiast magazine 2012 (USA)
“Youthful and clean on the nose, with ripe apple notes and some vanilla oak. On the palate, the wine has some creaminess and texture, crisp acidity and showed good oak balance.” Caroline Gilby, Master of Wine
“Pristine on the nose and palate, this dry, full-bodied Chardonnay is a prime example of how thoroughly modern Romanian winemaking can be. Juicy and floral with pretty hints of apple blossoms, it’s creamy and rich in texture, yet impeccably refreshing on the finish.” Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2012
The vineyards at Sebes in Transylvania are situated in one of the Romania’s oldest and most renowned regions for its dry white wines. The grapes used in this wine are the result of a superb vintage at Sebes.
Climate / Quality of the soil:
The cooler climate of this region, its altitude (100-600 meters above the sea level), the vicinity of Mures and Secas rivers, the early morning mists and the forest soils (brown and alluvial brown) , all ensure a slow ripening of the grapes, thus preserving their delicate aromas and providing the wines with lively acidity.
Hand harvesting at full maturity at the end of September; grapes carefully selected
Skin maceration for 5 hours at 12°C
Gravity drainage of the must
Controlled fermentation at 16°C
Ageing for 12 months in new American oak
Bottling and labelling
Alcohol: 14.0%; Total acidity: 5.62 g/L; Reducing sugar: 3.68 g/L
Our Chardonnay is a classic exponent of the ‘modern’ style of barrel fermented Chardonnay: the wine structure is lighter and fresher with cleaner, crispier mouth-feel. Light straw in colour. Fermentation and maturation in new American oak has added delicious creamy nose of vanilla, scented honey liquor and a strong presence of spicy nutmeg. An explosion of luscious ripe apricots, fine zest of melons and some exotic grapefruit.
An ideal pairing for fresh fish thrown on the grill or pasta tossed with basil, chicken with grilled vegetables or seafood dishes.
Best served between 10-12°C