Logodaj, Melnik 55 2013, Struma Valley, Bulgaria
The former Soviet-controlled countries of central Europe like Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria are re-emerging 20 years or so after communist rule ended, which was generally an unhappy time for vineyards, which were under state control and often not worked to their full potential. Now, more and more excellent wines are appearing, in this case made from the rarely seen Melnik 55 grape variety, here aged in French oak for eight months. It's a full and deliciously svelte and black-fruited wine, the sheen of quality oak and richness of fruit offset by fine chalky tannins and excellent balance. Something a bit different for sure, but never mind that: it's just rather good. Watch the video for my full review, including much more detail and food matching suggestions. £11.00, or £9.90 to members of DailyDrinker.co.uk.