Ivančić Griffin Darkside Barrique 2015
There is a new wine star being born in Central Croatia on Plešivica. Krešimir Ivančić is a young winemaker who is among the first in Croatia introduce the new technology of producing wine and sparkling wines with cold maceration. The method that enables the production of wines and sparkling wines with strong floral and fruity bouquet. His family has been making wines for generations and they have a long tradition of winemaking. Their vineyards are located on the highest parts of Plešivica over 400m above sea level, facing south which allows them to produce premium grapes. The fact that Krešimir is a perfectionist and a man who lives for wine in combination with the latest technologies gives characteristic expression of terroir in wines. It provides character to the wine which is very recognizable and characteristic to the best wines and winemakers in the world.
Purtugizec, chosen from the sunniest position on Plešivica. Spent six months in oak barrels, which is a paradox of a sort since Purtugizec is a wine that is usually drunk as a young, autumn wine. Thus, the name, DarkSide as the dark side of Purtugizec. Its distinctive fruitiness and freshness are deepened with oak tannins that add it a distinctive elegance and sweetness.