From the Bottle
'A smart and snappy, savoury red from Romania. Feteasca Neagra is an old, native grape variety with a new twist on peppery blackcurrant flavours.'
Price £4 Available at Asda
Feteasca Neagra translates to Black Maiden (which I think would make a really kick ass name for a comic book heroine) and even though it is one of the oldest varieties in the world I'd never heard of it until I stumbled upon it in Asda. In fact I've only had one Romanian wine which was a Pinot Noir and whilst perfect quaff-able it was nothing to write home about and was rather expecting the same to happen with this wine.
The first thought that came into my head when I smelt this wine was blackberry pie (I love pie) with cherry, woodsmoke and herbal undernotes. Upon tasting it has more red fruits with a cranberry and raspberries coming to the forefront. The fruit tastes ripe with fresh acidity, chalky tannins and slight white pepper.
A medium bodied wine that would make an interesting alternative to Sangiovese, Beaujolais or Mencia (especially at the price!)
Definitely worth scraping your pennies together for