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September 13th, 2013

We have begun the harvest of Tămâioasă Românească

Tămâioasa and the changing patterns

             This grape is as old as its road has been sinuous. Genetic similarities with grapes from the  Moscatel / Moscato family have lead some oenologists to determine its origins in Southern Greece. The Mediterranean area and Central Europe were the first territories “conquered”.
             The original grape has adapted very well everywhere, acquiring expressions that are characteristic to each terroir.  The following step was for it to get a local name. And in Romania it is called Tămâioasă Românească, not very similar to the class of names used in other parts of Europe.
              În România, Tămâioasa is very well adapted to all local terroirs.  It can easily accumulate high amounts of sugar and it is strong enough to bear overmaturity. As a result, it is traditionally known as a grape used for semi-sweet or sweet wine.  The grape tends to give quality wines only when the yield/ ha is relatively small, but unfortunately this was not at all in the lines of the Communist administration, for which  quantity prevailed over quality.  In the areas where it survived, this varietal was mostly used to increase the sugar level in blends, to hide certain defects.                Fortunately, after 1990, the grape was rediscovered and was among the first varietals to be planted in the vineyard transformation campaigns between 1995 and 2005.
In Segarcea, the 16 ha planted with Tămâioasă have always been a source of joy but also of wonder. In order to understand the real potential of this grape, its fundamental flavors, the way in which they interact and evolve, we need to begin by elaborating a dry wine. At that moment (and it was not so long ago...), this seemed a sacrilege for those who were used to semi-sweet and sweet wines. We noticed the main problem was the discrepancy between very strong flavors and the extremely dry taste and concluded that we need to use very soft pressing, followed by long fermentation (30 days at 15 to18 degrees Celsius), after which the wine is aged on fine lees, obviously with cu batonnage.
             The result is not necessarily an explosive Tămâioasa (it is intense, though) but complex, subtle, layered flavors. It goes from one flavor to another, well settled on a firm structure, no discrepancies between nose and taste. But what is mostly sensible in this wine is the unique complex of sun and soil in Segarcea, expressed on the one hand by the complexity of the bouquet varying from delicate flowers to intense fruit and on the other hand by the extremely lengthy and uplifting finish.

Radu Rizea, Journalist

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