Croatian Tasting – 6 June 2012

Maja Halilovich gave an excellent presentation of 9 Croatian wines to the Guild on 6 June (6 white and 3 red.)

Croatia has 18,000 hectares of planted vineyards and the main wine regions are Coastal, Eastern Continental and Western Continental. The key sub-regions are Istria, Central and Southern Dalmatia, Slavonia and Plešivica.   The main white grape varietes are Malvazija Istarska, Pošip, Graševina, Zelenac, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Traminac.  Reds include Teran, Plavac Mali, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

The following wines were tasted:


1.         Sauvignon Daruvasr 2009, Daruvar Winery  (Daruvar)

Full-bodied, with intense citrus flavours.  However, a younger vintage would have been preferable.

2.         Graševina 2009, Krauthaker (Kutjevo)

Aromatic, with a fragrant Riesling-like character and fresh, lively acidity.  Graševina is a synonym for Laski rizling

3.         Graševina 2009, Josić Winery, (Baranja)

This late-harvested style tasted sweet and delicate, with a rhubarb and custard flavour on the palate.

4.         Traminac Principovac 2008 (Srijem)

Traminac is Croatia’s synonym for Gewürtztraminer. Golden colour and pungent with muscat-like aromas. Lychees, grapes and spicy flavours give a sweet impression on the palate.

5.         Graševina 2008 Ledono Vino, Kutjevo Winery (Kutjevo)

An award winning ice wine, layered with sweet tropical fruit and honeyed flavours.

6.         Malvazija Reserve 2007, Kabola-Momjan (West Istria)

Nice balance of citrus flavours in this robust white style. A good food partner.  A fresher vintage would have been preferred. Malvazija is also known as Malvasia.


7.         Teran 2008, Kabola-Momjan (West Istria) Teran aka Refosco

Deeply coloured and still youthful looking appearance. Meaty on the nose with dark fruit background.  Quite austere on the palate, with high acidity and a vegetable character.

8.         Dajla Teran 2008, Istravino Rijecka/Brtonigla (Istria)

Garnet appearance.  Very fruity on the palate – strawberries, damsons, with hints of spice.  Good structure and balance.

9.         Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Roxanich Cellars (West Istria)

Rich, earthy and concentrated, with lots of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and brambly fruit and a pleasant savoury depth on the finish.

Tasting Notes: Catherine Griffith

If any importer needs further information or prices please contact Catherine at 086-8172240

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