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Terzolo

Istria
Last impressions Exotic Malvasia with a Far East...
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Young winemaker Roberto Tercolo from Nova Vas near Poreč produces Istrian Malvasia in a funky style which especially young folks will adore. Perfect for people who are just starting to appreciate wine. Full of aromas of exotic fruits and white flowers, with fruity flavors of peach, green apple, pineapple and grapefruit. Excellent with fragrant Asian food, and in general with dishes with a lot of aromatic herbs. Also try his Merlot, more herbal than fruity, with a nice extract, rich in soft tannins that will caress your mouth. Perfect with some meat or fish stew with polenta, both very common dishes in Istria.
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Grbac

Istria
Last impressions Sexy bubbles and vertiginous roads
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Nowhere else in Istria is it possible to find a better terroir for producing these precious bubbles than in the area around Vrh. Why? Here grapes are grown on the steep slopes north of Butoniga Lake where plenty of sun, warm days and chilly nights and white clay/limestone soil are responsible for outstanding aromatics and minerality. Made by old-school winemaker Anton Grbac in a traditional way that is a variant of the classical (champenoise) method. There is a white sparkling wine made from Istrian Malvasia and a rose one made from Teran. Anton's bubbles en rose is surely the sexiest wine in Istria! Try it with strawberries (when they are in season) with the right person :) and you'll be in paradise. Really sexy stuff but the production is so low you have to come to Vrh to taste it. Caution! To arrive in Vrh you need to take a vertiginous road that can be very scary for inexperienced (or slightly stoned) driver. Stunning view of Motovun and Butoniga lake.
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Crvik

Dalmatia Dubrovnik
Last impressions Renaissance of Dubrovačka Malvasia
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Crvik winery is family owned, settled in Konavle plateau, just few kilometers south of Dubrovnik. Their main wine is made from Malvasia Dubrovačka, old grape variety that unites Mediterranean - it can also be found on Aeolian Islands (Malvasia di Lipari) and Sitges in Catalonia (Malvasia de Sitges). We tasted 2009 Crvik "Marin Držić" made from Malvasia Dubrovačka. Mature yellow fruits, green grass, peppermint in the nose, very fresh, warm and with nice oily texture under the tongue, closes elegantly due to tasty minerals, no bitterness at all. We tried to convince Petar Crvik (on the pic), an enthusiastic and young winemaker, to produce also a sweet kind of Malvasia made from dried grapes (vino passito). We expect a lot from the young Petar Crvik, the winery successor.
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Mihalj

Slavonia&Baranja
Last impressions Graševina for true wine lovers
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Kutjevo is famous for its long wine making tradition and excellent white wines. Recently a new generation hit the scene, small family producers with individual approach. One name stands out - Mihalj. Father and son duo has been sweeping awards for their Graševina 2008, but watch out for their other wines too. Their cellar is still quite lo-fi compared to some bigger names, but their enthusiasm, friendliness and kindness will charm you.
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Misal

Istria
Last impressions Synonym for Sparkling Wines in ...
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Oduševljava me činjenica da se na hrvatskoj pjenušavoj sceni pojavljuje sve više proizvođača koji rade odlične pjenušce, ali Misal zauzima posebno mjesto među svim mjehurićima. Sestre Peršurić ozbiljno shvaćaju posao, svaki korak u procesu proizvodnje pomno prate i nadziru (dapače, vidjeli smo bilježnicu u kojoj bilježe sve, al doslovce sve što se dešava u vinariji). I rezultat su predivni pjenušci od kojih moram izdvojiti meni najdraži Blanc de Blancs, sa čarobnim perlama, elegantnim i osebujnim okusom, a nakon njega definitvno Istra, pjenušac proizveden od tri različita godišta malvazije, totalno drugačiji od svih Misalovih pjenušaca.
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Vuglec Breg

Central Croatia
Last impressions Surprisingly good reds from Zag... Sparkling Wines from Zagorje Hills
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I particularly enjoyed his white and red sparkling wine made by traditional method. In other words - its bubbles were created during the second fermentation in the bottle. The white version is called Zlatni Vuglec, Extra Dry with Chardonnay base, ideal as an aperitif wine or to be paired with zaseka on homemade corn bread. The nose is fruity and aromatic with obvious bread crust notes. Energetic acids are followed by a juicy bite into ripe apples, while the finish is mellow and mouthwatering. While the white version is a crisp, clean wine with strong character which won't be appreciated by the average Joe, the red version made from Frankovka (Blaufränkisch) and Pinot Noir is much more unpretentious and seductive. Our feminine readers will adore it :) Probably because it's Semi Dry and with plenty of ripe blackberries under the tongue. Of all the still wines, I preferred the latest 2011 Vuglec Sauvignon, although the 2009 vintage was also very good. It has clear varietal features, vivid acids, impressive structure with a nice impact of green grass, grapefruit and nettle in the nose. Refreshing minerality and citrus flavors in the finish. Aged in stainless steel. In whole Croatia, I have only seen such a nice example of Sauvignon in Plešivica wine country. His Yellow Muscat is also a beautifully simple dessert wine. It has elegant aromas of pear compote, ripe apricots, sage and mayflower. Semisweet and light. What surprised me a lot was 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, which still rests in the stainless tanks. We didn't believe that Cab, a grape that craves a lot of sun, can give such impressive concentration in this northern continental region of Croatia. It has vegetable and floral aromas, while fruit timidly appears after a while. The mouthfeel is juicy and crispy, there are ripe plums and licorice, tannins are still wild, which comes as no surprise since the wine has not seen the wood yet.