Alamina, Pinot Noir, Viile Timisului, Romania
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The Cramele Recas Estate, owned by Englishman, Philip Cox and his Romanian wife Elvira, have put in a huge amount of work into transforming their slice of grape growing history into a contemporary winemaking haven.
The immaculate vineyards are a combination of evolved plantings from 1447 and much more recent plantings too. With recent investments into modernising and improving their winery, they regularly host world class flying winemakers, vintage to vintage, to work with their team. This enables them to create top quality wines and constantly challenge themselves push innovations and approach winemaking with an open mind.
Estate grown on the bottom slopes of Gypsy Hill, Pinot Noir is the first vineyard you see when you arrive at Recas. Harvested at night to preserve fruit flavour.
Crushing and full destemming on all parcels, fermentation in stainless steel 40 to 50 tonne capacity, controlled yeast inoculation. Temperature controlled at 25-32deg C, about 5-7 days on skins with regular automated pumpovers. Pressed with some sugar still present. Fermententation finishes off the skins, and off gross lees as soon as fermented dry followed by natural malolactic fermentation. Pressed just before dryness to preserve the aroma of the wine.
Light burgundy red, with violet nuances. An attractive nose of soft berry fruits, redcurrant, blackberry and strawberry with a hint of leather and vanilla. Soft and medium bodied, with succulent fruit flavour of forest fruits, wild strawberry and black currant, with extremely fine tannins.
Roast chicken dishes, stuffed peppers Romanian style.
Region: VIILE TIMISULUI
Grapes: Pinot Noir 98% Cabernet Franc 2%
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: Yes