Riverside Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 by Manastira winery is a wine recreating a Bordeaux blend through the prism of the interesting terroir of Sredna Gora. The wine has a pale ruby color and demonstrates both excellent complexity and development in the bottle.
On the nose there is an expressive aroma of mint complemented by leather and tobacco, wrapped in a veil of vanilla, cocoa and forest floor. As it develops in the glass, the wine develops a powerful and increasing over time aroma of prunes in combination with overripe sour cherry and dried apple. They are complemented by nuances of roasted red pepper, and powerful spiciness expressed both in aroma and taste through grains of cardamom, green and black pepper.
Dried prunes, as well as overripe blackberries and sour cherries complement its expressive spicy taste profile, characterized also by very good freshness. The latter is expressed by notes of juice of well-ripened orange, tangerine and lemon, complemented by orange and lemon peel.
Excellent fresh and spicy wine that would impress fans of the classics reviewed from a different local point of view.