Italian textile manufacturer Edoardo Mirogolio has created from scratch one of Bulgaria’s most impressive, modern wineries. In our soon to be published report on The Wines of Bulgaria we rate his wines among the best in Bulgaria, especially the Chardonnay, Mavrud, and outstanding sparkling wines. Our reviews of the Edoardo Miroglio wines are given below and, also, in our recently published Report # 67 The Wines of Bulgaria.
In 2002 Italian textile manufacturer Edoardo Miroglio purchased the estate that would become the E. Miroglio winery in the village of Elenovo, due east of Plovdiv. He started out planting 20 ha of Pinot Nero. Today, the winery has over 220 ha of indigenous (Mavrud, Melnik, Rubin and Bouquet) and international grape varieties on the slopes of Saint Ilia at about 400m altitude and at a density of 5 thousand vines/ha, all meticulously planted to match clones and rootstocks to soils and exposures by viticulturist and general manager, Alberto Larosca, a Masters of Oenology graduate from Alba University with 11 years work experience for top producers in Italy’s Barolo region.
Miroglio also built a modern, gravity flow winery and produced his first vintage in 2005. The Elenovo Reserve line is all single vineyard, [Bulgarian] oak aged wines. Miroglio also makes several superb sparkling wines using the method champenoise and aged a minimum of 36 months on the lees. In 2013 Miroglio received organic certification for vineyards that now provide the fruit for its BIO organic wine line. The winery’s boutique luxury hotel sits above the wine cellar. Annual production is about 1.3 million bottles. Marco Monchiero is the lead winemaker, and Desislava Baicheva is also winemaker. The wines are stylish and modern with the sparkling wines the best in Bulgaria.
Edoardo Miroglio 2011 EM Brut Nova Zagora Thracian Valley 92 Scents of apple, poached pear and citrus peel provide a graceful introduction to this finely textured and vibrant sparkling wine. There’s good depth of flavor with pronounced biscuit and toasty lees notes that linger on the finish. 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay from 15 year old vines. Made methode champenoise and disgorged November 2017 with almost six years on the lees.
Edoardo Miroglio 2013 EM Brut Rosé Nova Zagora Thracian Valley 91 Medium copper salmon. Highly fragrant bouquet of fresh red berries, orange zest and a touch of fennel that carries over to a zesty palate with additional hints of dried flowers and biscuit. 100% Pinot Noir from 16 year old vines. This excellent Brut Rosé has a minimum of 24 months on the lees; this bottle was disgorged January 2018 with over 4 years on the lees. 8 g/l RS
Edoardo Miroglio 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Nova Zagora Thracian Valley 89 This warm climate style Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp, clean nose with varietally correct melon and herbal scents. It’s fruit forward and round on the palate with medium density, good acidity, and nice extract on the finish. 100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from 15 year old vines from vineyards around Elenovo village.
Edoardo Miroglio 2015 Elenovo Chardonnay Nova Zagora Thracian Valley 93 Exceptionally good Chardonnay! The barrel fermented Elenovo Chardonnay offers a refined, flinty perfumed bouquet and an elegant texture with integrated, complex flavors on a dense palate. The finish is long and focused with fine stony minerality. Outstanding, restrained oaking on this first class Chardonnay!
Edoardo Miroglio 2017 BIO Rosé Thracian Valley 88 Made in part with the hybrid Bouquet grape [Pinot Noir x Mavrud] developed in Bulgaria in the early 1950s, this rosé is floral with rose petal, orange flower, and wild strawberry scents. It offers a soft attack of pure strawberry that lingers on the palate with just a touch of sweetness. A blend of organically cultivated 10 year old vines of Bouquet (60%) and Mavrud (40%) grown near Elenovo village. 4.1 g/l RS
Edoardo Miroglio 2015 Elenovo Cabernet Franc Nova Zagora Thracian Valley 90 Dark violet edged ruby red. Youthful in appearance and taste, the Cabernet Franc shows excellent depth of black cherry with mulberry and earthy, dried herbal nuances. Densely flavored, long on the finish, and firmly tannic in its youth. Matured 15 months in French oak barriques.
Edoardo Miroglio 2013 Elenovo Mavrud Nova Zagora,Thracian Valley 92 This is an excellent Bordeaux-styled Mavrud. It’s firmly structured with very good depth of fruit on an almost viscous palate. Black raspberry and blackberry flavors complement toasty oak and linger on the finish. Firm but polished tannins. 100% Mavrud from 13 year old vines, hand picked with 7 tons/ha yield; aged 24 months in 2nd use 500L Bulgarian oak. 14.5 alc
Edoardo Miroglio 2013 Elenovo Rubin Nova Zagora, Thracian Valley 90/1 Opaque ruby. Fine, perfumed scents and flavors of bitter chocolate, cracked pepper, blackberries, and rosemary. Very dense and chewy on the palate with assertive, youthful tannins. Needs extended time in the cellar and/or decanting well in advance of consuming. Aged 18 months in Bulgarian and French oak.
Edoardo Miroglio 2015 Pinot Noir Reserve Nova Zagora, Thracian Valley 91 Medium ruby red. This Pinot Noir introduces itself with a spicy, earthy nose and a precise attack of lovely bright cherry with touches of honeyed oak. It’s big and broad in the mouth and long and flavorful on the finish. From 16 year old Clone 777 vines planted 5 thousand/ha; made in open top fermenters with punch downs, and matured 24 months in French oak barriques (30% new) and 12 months in bottle.