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Fetească Regală Vine in Flames 2014

The Experience

Drink When...
It's Chriissstmas
Listen To...
Coz I Luv You by Slade
Think About...
Vines in Flames
Drink With...
Garlicky roast salmon and root veg

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In 1975, the film ‘Slade in Flame’ was a massive hit in British cinemas. It depicted the rise and fall of a 60s band, which split up, disillusioned by the Machiavellian scheming of its management. When the film came out, Slade's star was also fading fast. Thanks Slade, cheer us all up, why don't you? Thankfully, nowadays we have ‘The Vine In Flames,’ an exciting ultra-modern Romanian white wine from the Budureasca winery in Dealu Mare, made entirely from the Feteasca Regala grape. Dealu Mare's star is in a rapid ascendant, currently viewed as the most exciting wine spot in Romania, partly on account of gripping, quince-powered wines like this that would go so well with a garlicky roast salmon and root veg.

The Vital Statistics

Country
Romania
Vintage
2014
Drink
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next 5 Years
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
13.5%
Alcohol Units
10.1

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The Style

Grape
Feteasca Regala (100%)
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Tom Bruce-Gardyne in The Herald, 22/8/15: "This exciting new addition to Oddbins’ range from Romania is full of fleshy grapefruit and quince flavours with a dry, mineral finish."

Olly Smith in The Daily Mail, 28/11/15: "Scented as a yellow rose, this peachy white is stunning with a subtle, festive, spicy twist."

Budureasca opened its ultra-modern new winery in the spring of 2013. Three sides of the building are set into the surrounding hillside, respecting the beauty of the landscape while enabling easier temperature control within the building. The winery is one of the most modern in Romania. "The Vine in Flames" is named in honour of a 2,000 year-old legend whereby the Dacian leader burned the region's vineyards down to make them less attractive to invaders!

Budureasca owns 280 hectares of vineland in Dealu Mare, Romania, of which 30 hectares are made up of old vines and the remaining 250 of replants from 2010-11. The land sits at an altitude of 175-400 metres, and while its climate is better suited to black grape varietals, its southern slopes and limestone soils favour white. Dealu Mare itself, on the curve of the Carpathians, is the name by which the Muntenia region has become better known, and it is currently known as the most exciting wine region in the country.

Steven Donnelly is a highly regarded English flying winemaker with more than 30 years of experience under his wing. After studying in California's Davis University, he began making wine in the Napa Valley before flying the nest to England, Hungary, South Africa, India and Romania, earning international awards for each winery he has worked at. Steven has been making wines in Romania since 1995, and has worked at Budureasca since 2007.

The Feteasca Regala grapes are harvested at full ripeness to maximise aromas and minerality, and fermented at 14C for two weeks. Following fermentation the wine is left on its lees with regular battonage, giving softness and structure. The resultant wine is straw coloured, with fresh aromas of quince that carry on to the palate, where they are underscored by a clean and refreshing acidity. It will pair well with fish and seafood, although it will also make a fine partner to mushrooms and roasted vegetables.