ReDark

Grape Variety:

Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Ruen 20%, Rubin 15%, Merlot 10%

Aging:

10 months in Bulgarian and French barriques

Alcohol:

14.5 % vol

Residual sugar:

3,0 g/l

Current Vintage:

2007/2008

Previous Vintages:

2004, 2003, 2002

ReDark is our premier wine, made from hand-picked grapes selected at optimal ripeness. The hot and dry summer of South-Western Bulgaria produced grapes of superbly concentrated aromas and a dramatic, purple-red color. The company’s oenological style and advanced vinification techniques brought out the distinctive personality of this versatile grape. The result is a full-bodied yet velvety wine – indeed, Bulgaria’s first ultrapremium wine.

The aim of this wine is to achieve a balance in an opulent and juicy body, flavored with the exotic character of the local, unique Bulgarian grape varieties. For the first time there is a mix of international and local varieties – it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Ruen (30%), Rubin (10%) and Merlot (5%).

2005 was a year of moderate summer temperatures and high humidity. We decided to limit yields and achieve concentrated fruit and ripe, but not stressed, tannins. The grapes were hand-picked at the end of September and in the beginning of October.

The vinification began in stainless steel fermenters under temperature control and with prolonged skin maceration. The malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. The wine was then matured for 10 months in barriques. The blending was carried out in stainless steel tanks. Тhe wine was bottled in mid-2007 without filtration and additional manipulations. This gentle approach helped to retain its best qualities.

Our winemaking approach focused on the amalgamation of a rich, luscious body with the colourful character of some unique Bulgarian varieties. This wine is suitable for ageing and, although its supple character makes its approachable immediately, it is best enjoyed in three to five years.

Awards

Silver Medal | China Wine Awards, Hong Kong | 2012
Bronze Medal | Decanter World Wine Awards | 2011
Gold Medal | MUNDUSvini, Germany | 2010
Bronze Medal | Decanter World Wine Awards | 2010
Commended | Decanter World Wine Awards | 2008
Silver Medal | Vinalies Internationales, Paris | 2008
Gold Medal | MUNDUSvini, Germany | 2005
Silver Medal | International Wine Challenge, London | 2003
Bronze Medal | International Wine and Spirits Competition, London | 2002

What Experts Say About ReDark wine

“Intense nose with black fruit and plum aromas; extracted and with good structure, fruit and length.” Decater World Wine Awards 2010

“Maturing nose, tobacco and dried fruit. Tannins dominant on finish.” Decater World Wine Awards 2008

“Bulgaria’s first ever icon wine, the dramatic ReDark from Damianitza” Caroline Gilby MW, Decanter, March 2006

rated four stars “ReDark – A Cabernet/Merlot blend showing fine youthful nose, elegant texture and lovely harmony” Caroline Gilby MW, Decanter, March 2006

“… A Marc Dworkin of Bordeaux production, it has an intense nose, riper fruit than most and a slightly hot finish but seriously attention grabbing…” Jancis Robinson OBE, Master of Wine, Emerging Bulgaria, 2005

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