Solara, Rosé, Viile Timisului, Romania, 2021
Back in 1988, three families decided to invest in a winery in Romania, starting with 650 hectares of slightly unloved vineyards and a rusty, once state-owned winery.
Yet Englishman Philip Cox and his Romanian wife Elvira, have turned the Cramele Recas Estate into the most successful winery in Romania. Recas are now recognised globally for their impressive scale and breadth of fascinating wines, including natural and orange wine from organic grapes. Despite the scale the emphasis is on making good wines that over-deliver, and as a result they’ve struck on a magic formula that has seen sales and demand boom. Vineyards are a combination of evolved plantings from 1447 and more recent planting, whilst the winery has seen significant investment and boasts state of the art facilities where innovation thrives. Recas are in every way a modern, dynamic winery, whose open minded approach and quality sets them apart … a winery you really can’t ignore.
Handpicked fruit from Dealul Tiganului , Odobesti and Murfatlar vineyards.
The grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed, before being chilled to 8°C for 8 hour maceration. 20 % of the juice in each tank was drained for rose, before being decanted for 24 hours and inoculated with selected yeasts for fermentation in stainless steel temperature controlled tanks for 4 weeks at 12°C. Fermentation was stopped by cooling to 0°C, with a residual sugar of 4.5 g/l to give a rounded finish.
No oak ageing
Cascades of lively raspberry and floral aromas, with crisp, festive strawberry, Gala apple and spice flavours that rally toward the zesty finish.