Influential blogger Matt Smith recently reviewed Jar 2014 and Clar 2015.
Feteasca Neagra: Dagon Clan Jar 2014 (Romania)
This is the third wine I’ve tasted from this artisanal winery and it just goes to show what can be achieved with off-the-beaten-track varieties and the care that can be lavished upon small-run vintages. Only 3550 bottles of this wine were made and I feel fortunate to have tasted one.
Merchant Notes: Feteasca Neagra and Pinot Noir grapes from an unusally cool and wet vintage were traditionally harvested by hand during the second week of September and fermented separately. Following maturation in Romanian oak barriques (30% new) the wine was blended and lightly filtered to preserve its natural character. 2014 Dagon Clan Jar is bright cherry-red with intense aromas of sour cherries, plums and dark berries. Elegant, with fine tannins..
Feteasca Alba: Dagon Clan Clar 2015 (Romania)
If you are used to the commonplace and formulaic Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, et al of the world then this is a truly interesting wine that deserves to be investigated so don’t be put off if you have not yet discovered Romanian wines or this particular grape variety.
Merchant Notes: 50% barrelled showing gentle oak along with other Burgundian techniques from critically acclaimed winemaker Mark Haisma. Elderflower and lychee. Fresh peaches. Good body and balanced acidity, brioche tones. Only 3856 bottles produced. Grape: Feteasca Alba, Sauvignon Blanc (85/15%)
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