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Calusari grapes are grown in rolling, picturesque vineyards that almost look and feel like Tuscany. Englishman, Philip Cox and his Romanian wife Elvira, have put in a huge amount of work into transforming their land into a modern winemaking haven. The results are outstanding wines that can stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers from around the world.
This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir, almost syrupy in its concentration. Dark and rich, with layers of black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon.
Cramele Recas is a winery in Romania owned by Englishman Philip Cox and his Romanian wife, Elvira. The vineyards are a combination of historic vines from 1447 and more recent plantings and modern wine-making techniques. Feteasca Neagra is a dark-skinned grape indigenous to Romania and Moldova. When translated, it means black maiden and is the most widespread grapes in Romania.
A predominantly spicy nose with black fruits, similar to Pinot Noir but with rich flavours and grippy tannins. Acidity balances it out with a hint of coffee on the finish.
Back in 1988, three families decided to invest in a winery in Romania, starting with 650 hectares of slightly unloved vineyards and a rusty, once state-owned winery.
Yet Englishman Philip Cox and his Romanian wife Elvira, have turned the Cramele Recas Estate into the most successful winery in Romania. Recas are now recognised globally for their impressive scale and breadth of fascinating wines, including natural and orange wine from organic grapes. Despite the scale the emphasis is on making good wines that over-deliver, and as a result they’ve struck on a magic formula that has seen sales and demand boom.
Vineyards are a combination of evolved plantings from 1447 and more recent planting, whilst the winery has seen significant investment and boasts state of the art facilities where innovation thrives. Recas are in every way a modern, dynamic winery, whose open minded approach and quality sets them apart … a winery you really can’t ignore.
Fresh jasmine flower and white peach on the nose, the palate is packed with stone fruit flavours such as apricot and is smooth and crisp on the finish.
Refreshing like a white wine, with the complexity of red wine. This orange wine is made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the pressed juice, creating a deep orange-hued finish. This is a complex and structured wine, with elegant but discreet fruit flavours of stone fruits, backed up with a powerful tannin structure and long finish. A natural minimal intervention wine which is well balanced and structured yet pure and incredibly fresh.
Syrah from south west Romania. In Segarcea the wine is made using carbonic maceration, a process in which fermentation begins with whole, unpressed grapes. The result is an explosion of aromas, with sweet sensations and well- integrated tannins that give intensity and roundness.
Of Portugal’s more than 200 traditional varieties, Touriga Nacional is considered the flagship grape, primarily due to its ability to produce high quality wines, from the intricate and harsh Douro wines to the delicious Porto wines. The grape is beautifully adapted to the long sunny days in Segarcea.
This is a big, intense, but beautifully balanced red.