Fetească Neagră (or Black Maiden in English) is an old native variety that originates from Moldova and Muntenia and is capable of producing some great wines of deep colour although the vine needs constant care.
Clear, bright, ruby red color, with violet and purple hues and fresh aromas of sour cherries, forest fruits and spices. Dry, well-balanced texture and acidity, pleasant astringency, rich tannins and intense finish.
The later the grapes are picked the better the results and a constant trimming programme to arrest the vigour produce excellent results. Fetească Neagră is a bramble fruited red with hints of soft cherry. It can vary greatly depending on terroir and oak influence, some can be earthy while others can boast flavours of cappuccino and vanilla.
The harvesting is done by hand, and at the same time a quality selection of grapes is being made. The maceration and the alcoholic fermentation take place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. It is still here that malolactic fermentation and maturation take place. Once the maturation period is complete, the wine is bottled.
Food Match: Red meat, small game, traditional Romanian red meat-based dishes, fresh cheeses.
Serve at 16 – 18 degs