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Eduardo Miroglio Rose de Noir

Pinot noir wines have received fabulous ratings from wine connoisseurs all over the world; Vanity Fair’s wine reviewer Joel Fleischman maintains it is "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic," whilst Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon describes it as "sex in a glass" and to OenoStyle’s Peter Richardsson it is his  "seductive yet fickle mistress!" For this reason we decided to take a look at one of Bulgaria’s most popular pinot wines, boutique vintner Eduardo Miroglio’s  Rose de Noir.

 

 

The Winery

Perched half way up the Saint Illia Hill in the village of Elenovo, close to Nova Zagora, the Eduardo Miroglio winery is a combination of wooden shelters, terraces of vines and a semi built spiral-shaped building. However inside the winery technology takes over and the scene is more akin to something from a science fiction movie than a winery. Even the wine cellar where the large oak casks are stored is high tech with bowed walls and concrete pillars.

As of the present moment, 210 hectares of vineyards owned by Edoardo Miroglio have been planted in the area of Elenovo village, where the soil and climatic conditions are extremely favourable for the cultivation of the elite French and Bulgarian grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Mavrud, Melnik 55, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Ottonel and Traminer.
The vintner is planning to cash in on the growing interest in wine tourism by constructing a modern spiral style hotel with a health centre and beauty salon within its grounds allowing visitors to savour the wine at their own pace whilst enjoying the wonderful scenery that this part of the country has to offer as well as the excellent fishing in the nearby lake.

The wine cellar is close to the winery’s conference room, which is used as a tasting room. During the winery tours, guests are invited to taste some of the wines straight from the barrel.

The Grape

During the Middle Ages, French aristocrats in the northeastern part of the country started to grow a grape on slopes above the peasant crop of Gouais blanc. The result was much cross-pollination due to the two varieties close proximity, which lead to a hybrid grape Pinot Noir. This red grape used for making red and rose wine derives its name from the French words for "pine" and "black." The reason for this odd name originates from the grapes compactly clustered dark purple pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot noir grapes grow well in cooler regions although they are not easy to cultivate. They are considered to produce some of the world’s finest wines.

The Wine

With a commendation at Wine Style Asia Awards 2007 in Singapore, Eduardo Miroglio Rose de Noir is a pleasant rose and a fine wine to add to your cellar. It is a delicate pink colour and tastes less sweet than the average Bulgarian rose.  Aged in stainless steel tanks, it has multi-layered bouquet; is intensely spicy and fruity on the nose with the aroma of red cherry, strawberry and dried leaves. It has a delicate, elegant taste with a well balanced acidity.  It is a good accompaniment to all kinds of fish dishes, fine white and dark meat, seafood pasta and pizza, Bulgarian feta and kashkaval (yellow) cheese. Do we agree with the critics on this wine’s seductive feminine influence? Definitely this is a cheeky, sexy, flirtatious wine, a mature teen looking for fun and at around 8 lv. a bottle, who could refuse!