The 2016 vintage was awarded a Gold medal and 95 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
Every wine tells a story about the synergy between the soil, sun, grapes and the country of its origin. The Tikveš Winery has been narrating the Republic of Macedonia’s story as a winemaking country since 1885. However, the Republic of Macedonia remains one of Europe’s last undiscovered wine countries: it is a natural paradise of vineyards, mountains, lakes and rivers, with a climate perfectly suited to producing quality grapes. Located in the Tikveš region of central Macedonia, the Tikveš estate sustainably cultivates indigenous varieties such as Smederevka, Vranec and Kratoshija. The grapes are vinified in the state-of-the-art cellar equipped with the latest technology under the watchful eye of illustrious consultant oenologist Philippe Cambie, resulting in a series of authentic and characterful wines.
Grapes: Kratoshija 65%, Vranec 35%, being a blend of two indigenous varieties. Kratoshiya (pronounced krat-oss-SHEE-yah) has the same genetic origins as the Italian Primitivo variety. Vranec (pronounced VRANash) translates as 'black stallion' and wine made from this grape variety is associated with strength and opulence. The double Guyot trained vines are grown in a hilly plot with a south eastern orientation. Planted in well drained volcanic soils, the roots extend to a depth of 1.2 metres, where the soil is enriched with carbonates, minerals. This complex nutrition level imparts richness to the resulting wines. The vines are green harvested before véraison in order to further concentrate the flavours within the grapes. Harvest is undertaken manually, in order to ensure the grapes are picked at their optimum maturity.
The grapes were cooled for 12 hours, then destemmed, crushed and cold macerated for three days. Vinification took place over the course of 25 days, with regular pumping-over taking place in order to extract the desired levels of tannins, colour and flavours. Pressing took place in a pneumatic press which was followed by malolactic fermentation. 80% of the wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 15 months, followed by a minimum of six months bottle ageing.
A warm and savoury wine showing raisined black fruits complemented by dark chocolate and elegant toasty oak flavours.
Complex and elegant aromas of blackberries, plums and cherries combine with subtle hints of vanilla and toasty notes. Beautifully textured with a mouth-filling palate of ripe berried fruits against a mineral backdrop and a long lasting finish.
Thsi wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
ABV = 15.0%.
In 2001 Gérard Gribelin and Philippe Gervoson fell in love with Domaine de la Zouina. Struck by the richness of the terroir, the particularity of the soil and the climate, they were certain that they could produce unique results and so they decided to translate their passion and wine-making knowledge from Pessac-Leognan to Morocco.
Once harvested the grapes are brought into a cold room and are sorted manually so that only the best grapes are used to make the wine. The fermentation is done at low temperature to maximise the fruit flavours. The wine is then aged in stainless steel tanks for 15 months before being released for sale.
This wine has notes of leather, tobacco and mocha. The colour is very deep, almost black with a ruby rim. The grapes used in the wine are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo – Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety. There are round and soft tannins on the palate which balance the wine’s complexity perfectly. This enjoyable style of wine goes particularly well with all types of meats and cheeses.
ABV = 14.5%.
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 31 years and are grown in soils that are composed of flysch, limestone and clay. The Teran variety is characterised by high acidity and low tannins and makes wonderfully refreshing wines. The grapes are hand-harvested at optimum maturity.
The grapes were carefully sorted and underwent 10 days’ maceration, with fermentation taking place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures. The wine was then matured in wooden barrels of 30 hectolitres for eight months, prior to bottling.
Fresh and intense aromas of raspberry, blueberry and strawberry are complemented by hints of pepper and herbaceous notes. Bright and vibrant with silky tannins.
Teran is ideally served with lasagne, pasta with meatballs and a tomato based sauce, or grilled pork, lamb and game.
ABV = 13.0%.