The Kozlović family have been making wine in the Istrian region of Croatia since 1904. The region borders Friuli and the wines, food and people have a real connection with their Italian neighbours. The winery is run by Gianfranco and Antonella Kozlović and they currently cultivate 25 hectares of vineyard. Gianfranco is a perfectionist and he is constantly striving to improve his wine. He takes a modern approach to winemaking and produces seriously good wines.
The Zmergo vineyards are situated at an altitude of 240 metres above sea level and have a Southerly orientation to maximise the vine's exposure to the sun. The vines have an average age of 28 years and are grown in soils that are composed of flysch, limestone and clay.
The grapes were harvested by hand, carefully sorted and then underwent a five day maceration. Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures. The wine was then matured in wooden barrels of 30hl for eight months, prior to bottling.
A fresh and medium bodied red wine with a combination of black fruits and bitter chocolate, reminiscent of Refosco from Northern Italy.
Teran is ideally served with lasagne, pasta with meatballs and a tomato based sauce, or grilled pork, lamb and game.
See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Kozlovic.
Kozlovic Teran 2016 - fiche technique