Tasting notes: Paparuda Feteasca Neagra Red
Paparuda Feteasca Neagra Red. Aromas of violets, cherry and tobacco on the nose with a warming palate of red berries, dark cherries and plums. Unoaked and fermented in stainless steel maintaining varietal personality and freshness.
Great with pizza, classic Bolognese, Romana pasta, lamb and Moroccan inspired dishes.
Legend has it that the Banat region of Romania was where Bacchus, the god of wine, spent his childhood – certainly the first records of viticulture date back to the Roman Empire when it invaded and annexed the central part of Dacia in 106 AD. The region west of Romania, surrounding the city of Timisoara, is the home of the multi award winning Recaş.
The vineyard areas and wine region have both benefited from centuries of influence from Hungarian, Bavarian and Austrian immigrants – all laying claim to have influenced the present day viticulture. Recaş is now a 1200ha modern day winery, exporting to both Europe and the Americas. It has a Mediterranean climate, cooler than the rest of Romania, and dryer with a longer harvest season, allowing many varieties to ripen easily.
Feteasca Neagra (name meaning Black Maiden) is a dark-skinned grape variety native to the Republic of Moldova and Romania. Over time, the vines in Moldova have diminished leaving the majority, approximately 90% in Romania. It is considered to make some of the top red Romanian wines and is likely to make an appearance elsewhere in the world as winemakers are attracted to its resistance to both cold temperatures and drought alike. A thick skinned varietal, offering bags of soft fruit and balancing tannins.