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Orange Alb de Onițcani - 2021


3.20 / 5.0

white still, dry
Valul lui Traian, Moldova
Alb de Oniţcani
180 MDL, 360 UAH
not available
Novak Orange Alb de Onițcani 2021

Information on the technical details of the winemaking process for Novak Orange Alb de Onițcani 2021 is scarce. However, it is known that the wine is crafted through alcoholic fermentation of the must in prolonged contact with grape skins, pulp, and seeds from handpicked Alb de Oniţcani grapes.


3.20 / 5.0750 ml@Minibar · Vinul Moldovei by Dimitry Grachov Vol. 1

The aromatic profile dives into a gritty narrative of crushed sunflower seeds, tar, and spoiled fruits that take a nasty turn. Rotting dried apricot and honey make a quirky cameo, painting a strange, offbeat picture. Transitioning to the palate, time is a slight healer; it starts to open up, with a good jolt of acidity cutting through the murk. The aftertaste lingers with shades of dried apricots, making a lasting, albeit grim impression. This one demands a good deal of breathing time, yet remains a tough nut to crack. The heavy, filthy persona makes it a hard sip to settle with, a rough draft in a sea of polished scripts.

Wine #4 on Vinul Moldovei by Dimitry Grachov Vol. 1 event.


Novak Winery, situated in the Cantemir district of the Republic of Moldova, melds tradition with modern innovation, embodying a fresh vision of time-honored winemaking practices. Established on the foundation of an old enterprise from 1977, the winery was officially founded in 2004 and has since gained prominence in the southern region of the country.

Spanning over 30 hectares in IGP Valul lui Traian, the Novak vineyards can be found across Comrat, Tartaul, and Ciobalaccia villages. These vineyards are home to both classic and indigenous grape varieties. Alongside international favorites like Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Malbec, they also cultivate traditional local varieties such as Rară Neagră and Feteasca Regală. Notably, the winery has championed the revival of certain nearly forgotten varieties, including Alb de Onițcani and Floricica, which some experts believed were lost in history.