(2022) A wine bottled for the Bulgarian-based Vida Wines, which has recently set up shop in the UK offering some really interesting wines from across Central Europe. This is a Viognier from the Danube Plains, made with "minimal intervention with a more natural and sustainable approach." With only 12.5% alcohol it has clearly been picked quite early and there's an interesting struck-match, slightly sulphury note to the aroma, then herbs and a cool apple fruitiness just hinting at peach. The palate has a much peachier character, more luscious, but then a really salty note, like a lemon sprinkled with sea-salt, adds grip to the finish. It's a really interesting wine, quite a different expression of Viognier, and the price falls to £7.43 or £6.99 if buying six or 12 bottles. Watch the video for more information.
(2021) A Bulgarian variety generally making lighter reds, this is 100% Gamza and pale enough to be a very deep rosé. Unusual aromas, somewhere around pomegranate and rose-hip, redcurrant and certainly in the red fruit spectrum. In the mouth it is realtively lean, those small, underripe red berry flavours, a touch vegetal, but there is something quite intriguing about it and the spice and fruitiness of the finish are nicely balanced.
(2014) A wine I really enjoyed, and a style with which I am fairly familiar, having chaired the National Wine Competition in Georgia for many years, where the grape here - Rkatsiteli - is also a major white wine player. This has seen long ageing in old oak casks and has a 'natural wine' feel, with skin contact giving intriguing fragrance and custardy richness, a hint of creamy oxidation and plenty of fat lemony fruit in the background. On the palate there is nothing difficult here: it is 'orange wine' without the attitude, so it has geeky credentials whilst being creamy and deliciously easy to drink. Long, playing with suggestions of minerality, and really quite lovely.
(2014) Made from the indigenous Gamza grape, AKA Kadarka when grown in Hungary, this is from old vineyards that survived the tumult of the past 40 years and which owner Dr Ognyan Tzvetanov has nurtured. Aged in old oak, it has a delicate cherry colour and delightfully mellow nose, suffused with spices and briar, old polished wood and soft autumnal berries. In the mouth it has a lovely bramble and sweet cherry fruitiness, but that delightful spicy but delicate nature persists, with lively acidity and the smooth tannins made even silkier by the understated oak. Another cracker from Borovitza I must say.