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As the festival isn’t for a couple of months, here are a few bottles that demonstrate the breadth of the wine offering this underrated country has.

Plum Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (RRP £8.49 from Laithwaites)

This wine is a great starting point for any foray into the Moldovan wine scene,bringing you the comforting familiarity of claret but with a slight edge. Plum Valley delivers ripe red fruits, a powerful blackcurrant hit, and soft tannins that will leave you going back for more (…and more…).

Chateau Purcari Vinohora Fetească Albă & Chardonnay 2015 (RRP £17.95 from Romanian-Wine)

This award-winning, limited edition blend of a local Moldovan variety and an international stalwart in Chardonnay is testament to the quality of Moldovan winemaking expertise. You’ll get plenty of pear and floral aromas on the nose, whilst the palate brings more of that lovely pear as well as a slight coconut richness. Yep, you’ve just opened bottle number two…don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Budburst Blush 2017 (RRP £8.99 from Laithwaites)

A delicate rosé perfect for the summer, this wine is grown organically in one of Moldova’s most prominent wine regions. Citrus and floral notes dominate but there is a distinct strawberry aroma too. The whole lot is rounded off with the kind of stoney minerality often associated with Provence’s finest pinks. Lip-smacking stuff!

Moldovan wine definitely deserves more recognition, so get this date in the diary and have a toast to the hardworking winemakers of this fabulous little nation!

 

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