As ever in the wine club we are looking to introduce you to great new wines from places you might not usually associate with viticultural excellence. It occurs to me however, that maybe we're getting to the point with Romanian wines and our passion for their balance, quality and value that wine club members are fast becoming amongst the most experienced Romanian wine tasters in the country!Read More
This particular offering comes in the form of Pinot Noir which despite being responsible for many of the worlds finest and most expensive wines is notoriously difficult to cultivate for a number of reasons.
the first of these is thet in order to allow all of the complex flavours and aromas to develop the grape requires a long slow ripening period which generally means that it must be grown in areas that are right at the cooler limit of where wine can be produced.
The pinot noir grape itself is very small with very thin skins. This can be an advantage as it gives the wine its light body and colour but also means that if the utmost care is not taken the wine can be a bit thin and insipid. The thin skins of the Pinot Noir grape also make them highly vulnerable to frost and hail with both being known to regularly destroy entire harvests.
On your typical bunch of Pinot Noir grapes the grapes are very densely packed together which reduces the airflow betweengrapes. This coupled with the fact that pinot noir thrives in cooler, damper conditions means that rot and fungal disease can often take root in the vineyard. Often expensive vineyard management techniques have to be employed to counter this.
All of these factors tend to combine to mean that its extremely difficult to find a decent Pinot Noir for under a tenner so I hope that you will agree that this one from Romania represents incredible value.