This blend is quite unusual for its combination in still wines. It has 55% of Traminer and 45% of Sauvignon Blanc. In Soviet times, Traminer was used in blends mainly to produce sparkling wines. In them, it was often combined with Sauvignon, but also involving other varieties of grapes. Traminer for still wines had long been produced as a monosort dessert wine, less often – as dry wine.
This makes sense
But recently Moldovan winemakers liked to work with blends. I met Traminer – Chardonnay and Traminer – Sauvignon Blanc – Chardonnay among them, while the winemakers from Chateau Vartely, headed by the Executive Director Arcadii Fosnea, saw the combination in Traminer and Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Most likely, such a choice is not random, since, according to studies conducted at the University of California, Davis, where in 1996 the genomes of both varieties were decoded, they are relatives. In other words, their tandem in the wine from Chateau Vartely should be harmonious.
What is the result?
The wine is of light straw color with green hue. The first nose – the aromas of roses and currant leaves – this is how Traminer and Sauvignon Blanc have immediately presented themselves. This is at once bright and promising. The aroma of wine also has other floral hues, citrus notes. When the wine is in the glass for some time, it is felt that Sauvignon Blanc, despite a smaller proportion, starts to push Traminer out, showing its character. It is very interesting to watch this rivalry. Afterwards candy nuances appear.
This wine has 14% of alcohol, but it is easy to drink it. The taste is fresh, slightly mineral, with lime note. It is rich and full, with a very long aftertaste of at least 25 seconds.
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