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Viorica, Château Vartely 2020
White Wine from Moldova
High marks aplenty for this muscat-like Moldovan in our 2021 Wine Champions blind tastings, where our tasters did try to guess the grape, but unsurprisingly to no avail! Vartely’s take on the rare viorica variety is a light, crisp and dry white with aromas of rose petal and orange blossom, and impressive length of flavour on the palate for a wine of this price.
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- White Wine
- 13% Alcohol
- No oak influence
- Now to 2022
Château Vartely is an ambitious independent winery, founded in 2005 by Moldovan businessman Nicolai Ciornii, that has planted extensive vineyards in the centre and south of Moldova and established a wine tourism destination that is bringing welcome attention to their wines and to their country. The winery is close to the River Nistru in the Codru region of this small country sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania, and the company also owns vineyards in Romania itself.
The well-known international varieties cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, pinot gris, and chardonnay have all been planted while locally important muscat, traminer and feteascặ regalặ are also used to make varietal whites. In Moldova pinot noir is planted in the centre of the country, while the merlot and cabernet are planted in the south, and the winery is self-sufficient. All fruit is hand-picked. The local soils, called cernoziom, are almost unique to eastern Europe, being black and humus rich, and so prized that there is a thriving black market for truck-loads of it in the Ukraine.