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The grapes for this wine was picked a bit later than usual. The maceration was done for three days. After that, the fermentation was started in stainless steel barrels. Then, after 30% fermentation, the wine was put into new barrels of French oak, where the wine was aged for 10 months. Distinct aromas of jasmine, ripe green apple, and floral nose. A lovely development of honey, vanilla, and oak on the palate. Beautifully structured.
"Very complex and rich with aromas of honeyed apricots and acacia. An ambitious style with a round, creamy mid-palate that mixes exotic and orchard fruit. Rich, creamy and long."
Macerated for 27 days, this fresh and crisp amber wine expresses fresh apricot, Italian herb, dandelion, pumpkin, and orange peel flavors. It is juicy and tangy. The sweet citrus tannins are gentle for an amber wine that has undergone nearly one month of skin contact.
"Complex nose with baked apples, honey, spice and light brioche notes. The flavor is intense with fine tannins and length with lively acidity. A well made and versatile wine."
Pošip Nerica has a specific taste of nuts, pleasant almond bitterness on the palate. Characteristic notes of the particular terroir on Čara. Fresh, citrus with plenty flowery notes. Pošip Nerica is an example of excellent balance between the freshness and the complexity that Pošip as a variety has to offer.
"Aromatic nose of acacia, orange blossom, poached pears, cream, and peach. Dry and crisp in the mouth with a citrusy tang and lovely texture. This would make for a great food wine."
Chardonnay, an assemblage of grapes from the red and white earth, kept in oak barrels for 10 months. An exciting mix of Chardonnay from the East and West coasts of Istria vinified in French burgundy oak barriques
"Rich nose showing sweet spice, straw, and a savory meaty character. Prominent quality oak on the palate adding an extra dimension to the fruit."
Roza Nostra is everything that great rose should be. Loaded with flavors – strawberry, cherry, vineyard peach, refreshing citrus and touch of minerality. Roza Nostra has full body, vibrant acidity and perfect precision on the palate. True gastronomic wine – from fresh oysters, shrimps over grilled octopus and fried quail.
"Aromas of rose petals and wild berries. Fresh and textural on the palate with a raspberry leaf character."
This is a wine characterized by a ruby-red color that gives a glimmer of purple hues. It is accompanied by a fine, pronounced and lasting aroma of wild berries, raspberries, and blueberries. It was aged in barrique barrels. In the mouth, it feels very warm with soft tannins. Perfectly pairs with appetizers like Istrian prosciutto and cheese, as well as with red meat and game dishes.
"Perfumed nose with violet, lavender and blue fruit. Savory spice and dark fruit on the palate with dense tannins refreshed by juicy acidity."
This harmonic couvee of Frankovka (Blaufränkisch), Merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc are a modern, soft, warm and fruity with herbal and spicy notes. The color is ruby, vivid, compact, almost impenetrable. It is intensely concentrated and flavored with aromas of oak, spices, dark cherries and ripe plums.
"Savoury, spicy aromas with hedgerow fruit. Blackcurrant and raspberry leaf flavors supported by fresh acidity and a firm tannic structure."
Chardonnay from the west coast of Istria, macerated for 2 days, then vinified in French burgundy oak barriques for 12 months This little jewel is a special chardonnay with an Istrian twist.
"Honeyed apricot and yellow plums aromas. Fresh and juicy palate followed by ripe peach and tropical fruits flavors."
Typical for 19th century Bordeaux wines, blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah (which is quite specific for Rhone Valley), proof once again it’s full exuberance. Intense aromas of ripe black and red fruits (from Merlot and Cabernet), are in perfect harmony with dark chocolate and lavender aromas (from Syrah). Aging in oak, not only gives one more aromatic layer to wine complexity but has a quite positive influence on its overall balance.
"Slightly overripe fruit on the nose. Red fruit and freshness on the palate with fine tannins and a juicy finish."
"Grk Bartul" - a dry white wine produced and cultivated in the family cellar of Ive Batistic Zure; obtained from the manually processed indigenous sort of grapes called Grk; it contains 12.6% of alcohol, and it is filled in the bottles of 0.75 litres, vintage 1999. We suggest to consume it with fish, shells, and crabs prepared according to the recipes of the family restaurant "Zure".
"Complex nose, ripe and fruity. The palate is firm and focused with citrus and hints of orange blossom."
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