Interestingly, this blend of two European grape varieties could no longer be found on the Internet. Albarino grapes are mainly grown in Spain and Portugal, but why didn’t the local winemakers try to combine it with Sauvignon Blanc? It turns out that Fautor’s winemakers have produced a unique wine Albariño-Sauvignon.
Let me remind you that in Moldova the Spanish varieties Albarino and Tempranillo are grown only on the Fautor plantations. The idea of the Spanish theme and its implementation belongs to a member of the family business, marketing director Ruxande Lipkan. She also proposed an experiment with the assemblage, in which Albarino and Sauvignon Blanc met.
How was the wine created?
When we started to work with the Albarino variety, we studied different technological methods used in Spain, auxiliary materials with which the winemakers work, and of course we also are experimenting, says production director Tatiana Croitoru. – We always try to make two batches of wine. And, of course, we never do as we did in the previous year, because weather conditions have changed (each year is unique). If something turned out well before, we repeat and supplement it with something new. And with the varieties we have in small quantities, we work especially scrupulously, regardless of the cost of auxiliary materials. For us the result is matter.
Currently, in the wine world, Albariño is a trend. And we have decided to bring it on the market in a special way. In this way appeared the blend Albariño-Sauvignon Blanc, the ratio of varieties in it is 55/45. Both varieties have high acidity, but Sauvignon Blanc is more powerful. It was important to choose the proportion of varieties so that it did not suppress the fine and fresh flavors of Albarño, and not to create the impression that in our bottle there is only Sauvignon Blanc. Since we have three different Sauvignon-Blanc plantations, we chose bunches from two vineyards for this wine, and took the resulting wine materials in different proportions to enrich the finished wine. These two varieties have created a festive wine”.
A Festive Wine!
I was surprised by Aurore Albariño – Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 first of all with her tight body. However, he did not even have a partial short exposure in contact with oak. They say that this is the merit of Albariño, which in Spain is usually kept in steel tanks from one year to 30 months.
The wine has a light straw color with a greenish tint. First nose – fruity, floral. I would call this wine a coquette, because in it the Albariño variety first manifests with hints of peach, white flowers, pineapple, quince and a nuance of ginger. Much later Sauvignon Blanc makes itself felt with grassy notes, also lemon, sweet pepper and gooseberry berries. The taste is fresh (good acidity), oily, fruity, with a mineral note. Aftertaste – light minerality and pleasant bitterness of citrus peel, which then disappears, leaving only the citrus notes. It turned out very interesting and tasty.
” The name of the series Aurore in translation means “northern lights”. We were inspired by this natural phenomenon, which is unique and at the same time can be of different colors and shapes as well as every wine in this series. They should be tried and appreciated”- explained marketing director Ruxanda Lipcan.