(2019) The variety here is Mustoas de Maderat, originating from the village of Maderat in the western Romanian region of Transylvania. The colour is a pale yellow/gold and the aromas are unsually spicy and deep, nutty, appley and a little oxidative, but in an attractive, bruised pear way that has certain similarities to Champagne perhaps. In the mouth it is quite full and textured, rich and substantial, yet there is no disecernable oak and the alcohol is modest. An unusual wine, fresh and yet broad, it has a touch of the 'natural wines' about it, and the price falls to £8.10 for members of the Daily Drinker's wine club. Watch the video for food matching suggestions and more information.
(2015) I have to say I absolutely loved this slightly bonkers wine. Made in north-western Romania by the progressive Carmele Recas, which has an English owner and Australian winemaker, it is an unlikely blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Feteasca Reara and Muscat Ottonel, along with the red wine grape, Cabernet Franc, but made as a highly aromatic white wine. Ageing in oak barrels gives an inviting toast and honey depth to the nose, but it is such wonderful spikes of perfume that really power this, from floral to herbal and from tropical to citrus, it's aromatic fireworks in a glass. On the palate the fruit is explosive too, bursting with ripe peach and pear, a mandarin orange brightness, and then a core of lemony acidity that streaks through the finish. Watch the video for my full review and for specific food matching suggestions.
(2012) A bit of smokiness, pepper and almost smoky bacon notes, deliciously juicy on the palate, with a sinewy tannin and acid structure, a touch of saline minerality, but the fruit sweetness is there.
(2009) Has that schisty, dry, cherry and slightly liquoricy quality. Lovely clean and ripe fruit. The palate has that backstop of liquorice and dark, edgy tannin, but the cherry and plum fruit fills in. Good balance and a nice, long finish.
(2009) This has a nice peppery, black fruited Syrah character, with plenty of juicy fruit on the palate, but there's a nice stripe of tannin and lovely chocolaty richness that fills in on the finish. Long and savoury, and showing some real character.
(2009) Very careful grape selection. A little herbal lift to this, with good black fruit coming through and cedary notes. The palate has lovely cherry fruit and a creaminess and dense quality with really good tannins, a touch of fudge and a dense finish.
(2009) Amarone style, with canes cut and grapes left to dry on the vine. Currant, prune and raspberry notes, very Amarone style. The palate has good fruit - lovely silky chocolate and that bite of cherry into a powerful but coffee-ish finish. Fabulous and crazy.