In a nutshell: A good value Romanian Pinot Grigio with a real depth of body.
The lowdown: This Romanian take on Pinot Grigio has a quite engaging complexity and a really layered fruit structure. Romania is an up and coming wine producing country and wines of this quality will really enhance its profile. The wine has lovely, opulent aromas of grapefruit and peach which follow through to a lithe body thatr has loads of melon and ripe apple flavours in tandem with a crisp citrusy acidity.
When to drink: A lovely refresher all on its own and also pairs well with chicken and light seafood dishes.
Based just outside of Timisoara in western Romania the Cramele Recas winery has been transformed since the early 2000s by Bristolian Philip Cox and his Romanian wife Elvira. Their 700 hectare estate is now one of the biggest producers in the country and they make a huge range of wines .
The combination of having extensive vineyards in an area with great terroir and that has cultivated vines back to ancient times and modern quality focussed and efficient production methods has enabled them to produce excellent and good value wines that are now becoming more widely seen. They cultivate both indigenous and international varieties with great success from good entry level wines to premium cuvées that stand comparison with any other region around the world.