“Rare Varieties” is the name of a mini-collection of three wines characterized by expression, complexity and winemaking techniques in Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea’s Prestige range.
Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, Viognier is one of the few white varieties that can produce dry wines of high density. It is quite rare as a monocepage, even in its area of origin, the Rhone Valley, with its most famous expression being the Condrieu wines. At “Domeniul Coroanei” Segarcea, the Viognier acclimated almost spontaneously and achieved remarkable results from the first harvest. As a result, in the first years it was used exclusively to make the super-premium white Princess Margareta and Minima Moralia Honesty blends. The maturation of the vines and the implicitly higher harvest allowed us to save some of the wine for the Prestige range starting with the 2013 harvest.
With perfectly integrated acids and tannins, this Viognier is round, dense and friendly, with aromas born from the interaction with the wood, but relatively discreet, favoring its native aromas of white fruit, vines, and even a bit of citrus (pomelo, grapefruit) in the long and fresh finish.
Full-bodied wine, floral with notes of honey, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, peach, a bit of spice, a peppery and full-bodied.
Viognier goes well with richer dishes from seafood to poultry to pork to Thai. Crab, lobster and creamy sauces and cheeses can also match well.
The wine was raised on oak barrels for 3-4 months and also a portion on stainless steel with aging on the lee.
Bordeaux, Burgundy, Piedmont and “Domeniul Coroanei” Segarcea share the 44º parallel, the unparalleled wine parallel.
The vineyard of “Domeniul Coroanei” covers 277 hectares. Its location in an amphitheater open to the south ensures a record number of hours of sunshine per vegetation cycle (from the first buds in spring to hibernation). The soil consists of a layer of chernozem, under which there is a layer of limestone, then a former seabed, this structure gives the wine the acidity that perfectly complements the character of well-ripened wine fruit.
The 277 hectares of vineyards have been completely replanted, with the exception of some old stumps more than a century old, which allowed a unique variety, “Tămâioasa Roză”, to be saved.
The estate has 8 hectares of Viognier, planted with a density of 5,600 plants per hectare. The pruning mode is simple Guyot. For this range, plots with an average production of 9 – 10 t/ha are chosen.
“In all work in the vineyard, we try to stay as close as possible to traditional methods and use the most appropriate solutions, so that we coexist with nature and do not exploit it. From grazing (to combat excess water after rainfall) to drainage, from a minimum of synthetic substances to more than 30,000 rose nests planted at each end of the row to give us timely warning of impending infections such as downy mildew, powdery mildew or other vine infections, we try to create a harmonious whole and the biodiversity (both flora and fauna) reborn around the vineyard is proof that we have chosen the best path.”