In a nutshell: A complex, textured and fresh Romanian white.
The lowdown: This style is nowadays referred to as an 'orange' wine and is made by allowing the grapes to macerate on their skins as in red wine making. The result is a wine full of extra layers and complexity. This delightful Romanian example is made primarily from the indigenous grape Feteasca Alba with additional Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. With a deep colour it has rich quince aromas whch lead to a structured and quite tannic with subtle stone fruit flavours.
When to drink: For food matching these are wines that go well with robust meaty, even fatty dishes - an oxtail stew would be a good example.
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.