Time Out says
Relatively new in the winemaking industry as well as in the wine market, Bulgarian winery Enira is proving to be well able to cater to the finicky global wine palate.
Located less than 150km southeast of Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia, the area named Bessa Valley around the Ognianovo town was found to have perfect combination of soil and temperature to cultivate quality grapes. High quality French grape varieties such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and petit verdot are grown here and wines are made in the traditional French style and aged in French oak barrels. Right now, the winery only produces red wines from these grapes and we had the pleasure of tasting three of them.
Enira Merlot 2009
Made out of 100 per cent hand-picked merlot grapes, malolactic fermentation (where the tart malic acid in grapes turns into softer lactic acid organically rather than chemically) continued in oak barrels. The result was a medium-bodied, fruity wine on the palate and lightly woody on the nose. Dry with relatively soft tannins, its 14.5 per cent alcohol content will guarantee an intoxicating drink.
Tip: This one’s been said to represent the vineyard’s type of merlot and will do well after another two to three years of ageing.
Enira Cabernet 2009
Again, made out of hand-picked grapes with malolactic fermentation process in concrete tanks before oak ones, this one was aromatic on the nose and pleasantly oaky with velvety tannins and hints of creamy-sweet lingers along its long finish on the palate. Both masculine and feminine at the same time, it was the best cabernet sauvignon we’ve had for a long, long time.
Tip: The wine’s been said to go well with all sorts of cheeses but we say, drink it on its own to really enjoy its subtle, graceful flavours.
More than 60 per cent merlot grapes made up this wine while the rest are a mix of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. A 12-month ageing in oak barrels with malolactic fermentation resulted in a pretty and deep purple hue, dark berries on the nose and lightly oaky with polite fruity undertones on the palate. Out of the three, this one emulated good French wines’ flavours the best. Most of all, its vivid tannins will make it memorable for the drinker.
Tip: Good with red meats and cheeses but we found it to be perfect with a spicy cigar.
The Enira winery is a boutique one and right now, in Penang, you can only taste or purchase these three wines at Vino Vino Bistro in Bayan Lepas. Priced from RM130, the wines are a good match for the restaurant’s yakitori fare.