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Clai Brombonero 2015

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Giorgio Clai is the most passionate winemaker on the Istrian peninsula. His wines can be found in the top New York and San Francisco restaurants. “I am making wine in the vineyard, not in the winery!” he will proudly tell you. Clai is the first winery in Istria that reached the status of a cult winery. He follows the principles of biodynamic viticulture. His wines are made from organic grapes without the addition of selected yeasts and with a minimum amount of sulphur. Wines from white grape varieties are produced in a traditional manner, leaving the skins in contact with the must during the fermentation. The Brombonero label name itself symbolizes old recipe for tea made from aromatic herbs like mint, fennel, Refosco leaves, quince, peach, which was used in winemaking: after basic cleaning of barrels, this hot tea was put in the barrel in order to give it a more pleasant smell. Brombonero comes only in exceptional vintages and it represents a sort of counterpart to the Clais black label “Dedicato a Martina”.

Wine notes

Winery Clai
Country Croatia
Region Istria & Kvarner
Variety Refosco
Category Red wines
Bottle size 0.75 L
Alcohol 15 %
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Carob
  • Tobacco

Dark ruby, almost opaque color with typical purple reflections. In its current youthful stage the emphasis is on fresh dark berries such as blackberries and blueberries, but if you let it still floral and violets notes appear and a hint of carob, hard ground black pepper, and fine tobacco. On the palate, the pure essence of the Istrian terroir, etheric and salty, finishing with its performance of internal balance of acid, extract, and alcohol providing its noble pedigree. The tannins are smooth and almost dusty. The unique synergy of Bordeaux elegance and Mediterranean charm which shows, although young, that we deal with great wine.

  • Prosciutto
  • Tuna
  • Veal
  • White fish

Giorgio Clai is the most passionate winemaker on the Istrian peninsula. His wines can be found in the top New York and San Francisco restaurants. “I am making wine in the vineyard, not in the winery!” he will proudly tell you. Clai is the first winery in Istria that reached the status of a cult winery. He follows the principles of biodynamic viticulture. His wines are made from organic grapes without the addition of selected yeasts and with a minimum amount of sulphur. Wines from white grape varieties are produced in a traditional manner, leaving the skins in contact with the must during the fermentation. The Brombonero label name itself symbolizes old recipe for tea made from aromatic herbs like mint, fennel, Refosco leaves, quince, peach, which was used in winemaking: after basic cleaning of barrels, this hot tea was put in the barrel in order to give it a more pleasant smell. Brombonero comes only in exceptional vintages and it represents a sort of counterpart to the Clais black label “Dedicato a Martina”.

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