2017 Prince Stirbey Novac Rezerva: 13.50% Vol
NOVAC: The ancestors of this grape variety, Negru Vartos from southern Romania and Saperavi from Georgia, bond together two of Europe’s very oldest wine cultivation regions in a grape variety which first saw the light of day in Dragasani. Needful of demanding crop care in the vineyard and sophisticated processing in the cellar, these grapes create a wine which diverges wide from everyday mainstream varieties: not a brash concentrated bang, but a finely nuanced, immensely deep, elegant and complex wine. It matures for at least a year in 300 to 400-liter barrels, without any new wood, thus keeping the tannin structure in the background and letting the multilayered aromas of the grape unfold playfully on the palate. Fresh acidity grants this wine high potential for many years to come, promising a host of pleasantly rounded notes when it is decanted.