12.5% | ROMANIA

Supple and juicy red from this increasingly popular variety. Blaufränkisch seems to be gaining popularity at the moment, most likely due to its pleasant juicy style and appealing bright purple...
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Supple and juicy red from this increasingly popular variety.

Blaufränkisch seems to be gaining popularity at the moment, most likely due to its pleasant juicy style and appealing bright purple colour - this one from Nachbil has something of the Southern Rhône about it, a supple muscularity behind the blackberry, sour red cherry and tobacco notes that are typical of this variety. A decent backbone of acidity provides structure, while gentle tannins ensure the wine is perfectly approachable in its youth.

Handpicked dry farmed organically grown grapes with nothing added - 4 weeks on skins in 2000L old oak with wild yeast fermentation. After 11 months in the barrel the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered and kept back a further 2 months before release. 2500 bottles of 2017 vintage produced.

Unusual grape varieties? Check! Organic? Check! Natural? Check! Nice packaging? Checkety-check-check! More important than ticking boxes however, the wines are great. Looking back at my notes from when I first tasted these, the word 'compelling' keeps appearing – these are unique and interesting wines that develop in the glass and hold your attention. Nachbil is located in Beltiug in the North-Western Transylvania region of Romania where they organically farm 23 ha of vineyard in excellent climactic conditions. The 300 year old wine cellar sits next to a new wine making facility, where all grapes are processed.

Since 2010, the vines have been tended without herbicide, pesticide and mineral fertilizers, and this minimal intervention approach is continued in the winery where they avoid additives such as cultured yeast and enzymes or other technical interventions. The only ingredient used in wine production at Nachbil is grapes. As everywhere, the soil and climate represent the foundation of viticulture. In Beltiug, there are different types of clays and a moderate warm climate ideal for grape vines, and with a wide range of plots, Nachbil have an assortment of microclimates to suit different varieties.

Rich tomato dishes, mushroom risotto or soft goats cheese.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Blaufrankisch
Country
Romania
Region
Dealurile Satmarului
Vintage
2017
ABV %
12.5%
Organic
Yes
Vegan
Yes

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