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2011 Cramposie Selectionata, Prince Stirbey

2011 Cramposie Selectionata, Prince Stirbey
ref. STIR110 FEB13

Wine Variety: Weird one this. Cramposie was an autochthonous variety in the Dragasani region of Romania, but was unsatisfactory. Having "functionally female flowers" (Wine Grapes - Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and José Vouillamoz) there were problems of bunches containing grapes of different sizes. Then, in 1972, a seedling of Cramposie was selected at the research centre in Dragasani and this has become known as Cramposie Selectionata. Furthermore, there was no control to the pollination, thus we have no idea of the identity of the other parent. But it did produce grapes of regular sizes.

Wine Region: This coastal part of Romania - Dragasani - was settled by Greeks in the seventh century BC. It is possible that wine vines were introduced at that time. Roman occupation occured around 100AD and thereafter vine growing was widely established. American, hybrid vines, outlawed under EU legislation, are still planted quite widely in Romania, but the country has given an undertaking to pull up all these by 2014. Do not under-estimate Romania's potential for producing high quality wines of all colours and styles: the future is golden!

Wine Producer: The history of the Stirbey family can be traced to the 15th century. Over the years, family members were highly influential in everything from the economy to politics and, yes, viticulture. Since 2001, when the vineyards were restored to the family following the years of expropriation, all efforts are being made to restore the vineyards to their former glory.
 

 

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Style
Style:
Dry White - light
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Cramposie Selectionata
  Producer
Producer:
Prince Stirbey
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
13°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
  Country
Country:
Romania
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2015
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Dragasani
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Canapés
  • Fish
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Very pale straw colour. Not that aromatic a wine, the nose has very good density and promises something mineral. The palate confirms that mineral aspect, showing a granular, slightly saline minerality. Grip builds quickly here, ramping up the refreshment. Acidity is subsumed by the fruit concentration, but creates a rapier undertow. Very long wine of great character and presence.

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