Gitana Winery Lupi 2016

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Moldova, Valul Lui Traian
Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 20%, Saperavi 25%

Lupi (Wolves) - Among the vineyards which are the source for producing this wine, lives a small family of wolves, which can be observed in early mornings. It is to them that the Dulgher family dedicate this wine, which has a strong imprint of the wolves character. 

After the alcoholic fermentation, the wine is aged in large Slavonian oak barrels (50 HL) for 2 years, where also the malolactic fermentation occurs. After blending, the wine is aged in new oak barriques of 225 Liters for an additional 14 months.  The bouquet is intense, rich, with hints of mixed berries with vanilla aroma, as well as shades of chocolate, coffee beans, and licorice.  Vigorous and robust, well-structured, full-bodied and well balanced. An intense and complex taste with powerful tannins, and a pre-long after-taste that amplifies its elegance. Oily with marked aromas of black fruit, ripe plum, cassis and blackberry.

Gitana is a family owned and operated winery by the Dulgher family.  Mr. and Mrs. Dulgher, together with their daughters, Lilia and Iuliana, are convinced that the most important in winemaking process is the limited human intervention, and that technologies should only be used to better preserve the natural qualities of the grapes. That is why they have refused to use artificial fermenters all along, opting instead only for natural fermenters present in the grapes. In addition, they have been using open barrel fermentation, so that the grapes are exposed during the fermentation process.