It has already become a tradition that on the eve of the winter holidays, Madein.md presents to the local public, the variety of sparkling wines made in Moldova. Over the past five years, we have organized a series of blind tastings, which brought together all Moldovan producers of sparkling wine, while consumers had the opportunity to choose their favorite product for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
This year we are all going through a difficult period: the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, in a sense, has changed the way we used to life. Due to the imposed restrictions, Madein.md will not be able to organize this year the event dedicated to sparkling wines made in Moldova, but instead, we would like to present you all the novelties of this year: sparkling wines released by Moldovan wineries in 2020.
I think we would all be curious to know what the local producers have made this year and we must show them our support, because the wine sector is one of the industries that has been hit hard in 2020.
Cricova winery has released several new varieties of the already famous sparkling wine Lacrima Dulce: Lacrima Dulce Gold - a limited edition wine produced using Charmat method from Muscat Ottonel grapes. It is a sweet wine with a high concentration of sugar that offers it a fruity flavor and aroma. It has 9% alcohol. Lacrima Dulce Light (white and rosé) is a light, aromatic sparkling wine with 7% alcohol, made by blending European grape varieties. It has a sweet aroma of nectarines, honey, notes of citrus fruits and wildflowers. Lacrima Dulce Alchool Free is a sparkling wine made from veritable grape wine. The modern technologies allow it to de-alcoholize through a complex process that fully preserves the olfactory and nutritional qualities of the wine.
The Aurelius brand entered the market in 2020, it was created by businessman Aurel Morar, together with his family. The company offers seven varieties of sparkling wines, made using Charmat method from grapes harvested in Codru PGI region. The sparkling wines Aurelius Glera Brut and Glera Extra Brut were produced from Glera grapes and have 12% alcohol. Rosé sparkling wines: Aurelius Brut Rosé, Extra Brut Rosé and Brut Nature Rosé were made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir and have an alcohol concentration of 12%. The brand also offers two sweet white sparkling wines from Muscat grapes: Aurelius Muscat Alb Dulce and Rosé Alb Dulce, with 8% alcohol. Some of them have already been awarded at the prestigious international events Mundus Vini 2020 and the Eurasia Wine and Spirits Competition.
Et Cetera winery also launched a new, interesting product - a white sparkling wine called Apolinaria, produced by the Champenoise method from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties.
Another novelty of this year is Rădăcini Blanc de Cabernet, a white sparkling wine made using a special technology from red Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety using the Charmat method. It is an elegant wine with a delicate aroma of fruits and flowers, a refreshing and well-balanced taste.
Vinăria din Vale
Another local producer that launched for the first time sparkling wines is Vinaria din Vale The first is called Motive Alb Brut, it is made from the noble European grapes Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. It has fresh citrus aromas, notes of jasmine and bee honey, an elegant fruity taste with subtle notes of ripe pear and almond. The second is Motive Rosé Demisec, created from the noble European Pinot Grigio grapes. It has an aroma and a scent reminiscent of rose petals and fresh strawberries.
Winemaker Ilie Gogu launched for the first time, a dry, white sparkling wine. It was made from Riesling and Feteasca Regala varieties in a ratio of 50% to 50% (harvest of 2019), using the classical method, with secondary fermentation in bottle for 12 months. The wine was released in a limited edition of 600 bottles.
The new product of this brand is Spumant Viu, made from Chardonnay and Feteasca Regala grape varieties. This is a sparkling wine produced by the Ansestral method (secondary fermentation is a continuation of the primary alcoholic fermentation, when the wort at the last stage of fermentation with residual sugar is poured into bottles, sealed and fermented as sparkling wine). The French call it Pétillant Naturel, and the Italians call it ColFondo. It is recommended to be drunk within 6 months. Another feature is that the wine lives its own life and has different aroma and taste at different periods.
The famous producer from the left bank of the Dniester river, has launched the KVINTESSENCE series, consisting of four sparkling wines produced according to the classical method. Secondary fermentation took place in bottles for 9 months. The company launched two white sparkling wines: brut and extra-brut, made from the French grape variety Viognier, and two rosé sparkling wines: brut and extra-brut, made from the Pinot Noir grape. They were produced in a limited edition of 3000 bottles (brut wines) and 1600 bottles (extra brut wines). So far, these wines can only be bought in the city of Tiraspol.
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