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2017 J.O.H.A.N.N.A - Crama Bauer - Dragasani IGT, Romania

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IMPORTANT - Able to deliver only within Germany

  • Grape Variety: 100% Feteasca Regala
  • Vineyard: 45 year old vines located in Drăgășani, Romania
  • Wine-making: Harvested in 2017; traditional method, fermented and aged for a total of 66 months, disgorged in 2023
  • Style: Extrabrut (2g rest sugar), non vintage, 12 % vol alc. Limited edition: 1500 bottles

Feteasca Regala as a sparkling treat brings out the concentration of the grapes that reached maturity in the Dragasani terroir. It is, no doubt, a gastronomic wine that will accommodate light or acidic starters, but also complex main courses. It has the ability to both outline the freshness in a dish, as well as balance the fat in it.

For this wine, the grapes are picked by hand, then pressed with bunches to extract all the pure flavour in a must, statement for the terroir it represents. The must is kept for 2 days in stainless steel barrels, before full yeasts are added for complexity and depth and it is moved to oak barrels. The second fermentation process takes place in the bottle, the expression being kept in the cellar under optimal conditions for ageing. The result is exceptional, a sparkling wine with a fine minerality that ignites all the senses.

About the grape variety

Feteasca Regala is a grape variety native to Romanian. It literally means Royal Young Girl and it is the most widely planted variety in Romania. It was first observed in 1920 in the city of Danes in Transylvania, Romania. It has thin skin berries, it is susceptible to botrytis bunch rot and draught, but resistant to cold winter temperatures. Tends to produce aromatic wines that are dry, fresh, occasionally floral, both still and sparkling.

 

About the label

“My aunt Johanna Braun owned the winery where I grew up. Born in 1904, she was already 70 years old when I first saw light on earth. And since we practically lived on the same property, "Aunt Hanne" took care of me, raised me and educated me like a grandmother. From the cradle I knew her as a woman who lived by real values like modesty, worthiness, trust and honesty. I never heard her complain or blame others for the hard times she lived through.

With an experience of over 90 vintages she was of course a living encyclopedia for me, but most inspiring was her way of looking at life and living with dignity, no matter what. She would have loved to see me take over the family winery, and was utterly disappointed when she realized that wasn't going to happen. But from the moment she realised I wasn't going back she started to support me, to encourage me to "go my own way" and live my own dream.

Unfortunately Johanna Braun passed away in 2012 at the age of 108 and never got to see what she started. That's why I promised myself that the first sparkling wine of Bauer Winery would be named after her.” 

Oliver Bauer

About the winery

The Bauer winery guides itself by character and authenticity. In all aspects of winemaking and vineyard cultivation, they strive to create perfect conditions so that their wines speak distinctly and convincingly. Balance, sustainability and understanding the connection with nature are the most important aspects for all the creations of the winemaker.

For Oliver Bauer, the true art of winemaking consists in understanding the personality of each variety and respecting the specific needs and expressions, as well as showing the amazing potential of Romanian varieties and the unique terroir. His goal is to do the right thing, at the right time and to the right extent. 

How to serve

Sparkling and Light-Bodied White Wines - “Ice Cold” between 3-7°C

Rosé and Full-Bodied White Wines - “Fridge Cold” between 7-12°C

Light and Medium-Bodied Red Wines - “Cool” between 12-15°C

Bold Red Wines:“Slightly Cool” between 15-20°C

Dessert Wines - Depends on style

How to store

When preserved correctly, wine can last for decades, even centuries, growing in value and quality. But poor storage can spoil even the greatest wines in the world. These are a few aspects you should keep in mind: Store Wine at the Proper Temperature; Store wine bottles horizontally; Protect wine from light and vibration; Store wine at the proper humidity; Store wine in a wine fridge, not a regular fridge; Serve wine at the proper temperature; Store open bottles of wine properly

How to recycle

Up to 90% of new glass can be made from recycled glass. If you’re getting ready for a night out on the town, drink consciously and remember to keep your empties and then bring to the bottle bank. If you’re hoping to leave future generations with a healthy-ish and useful environment, then recycling wine bottles is the way forward and it doesn’t take much effort.

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