Zilavka 2013 by Stobi Winery, Tikves Wine District
In the sea of reds made by Stobi Winery, I opted for a white one. The answer is simple- this Zilavka is fresh, fragrant, light, enjoyable, even giddy at moments, as well as pleasing to a beginner’s or a more sophisticated palate. The taste is rich in citrus, ripe lemon and very delicate hazelnuts notes. Zilavka is a regional grape variety originating from the town of Mostar in Hercegovina and has been grown in Macedonia with a good success. However, much is owed to Stobi for putting this grape variety en vogue in the country once again.
This Zilavka is to be drunk solo or as an accompaniment to starters and salads. And for a retail price of 200 MKD, it is no wonder it was sold out in no time, though mostly to the US market. Stobi winery is lead by an already proved duo of enologists, Dane Jovanov & his father, Gjorgji Jovanov Hermes, a wine legend, in addition to the winery’s young team of enologists.