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My Top 10 Macedonian Wines for 2015

Bela Voda Red 2012 by Tikves Winery, Tikves Wine District
My efforts to find more samples of this wine often proved useless as it sold out faster, than it actually spent time on the busy wine shelves in the country.
One thing is sure, Marko Stojakovic and his team of enologists are doing a tremendous work in the oldest winery in Macedonia. Bela Voda Red 2012 is a blend of equal portions of Vranec & Plavac Mali, having spent 15 months in 30% concrete tanks and 70% in new and one year old barrels while the grapes come from Tikves’s Bela Voda vineyards. 
I enjoy this one very much, as on every sniff it opens in layers, and the taste is just as complex as the nose. Almost inky in the glass and aromas of dried fruit- blueberries, red currants and figs, and additional undertones of crème de cassis and graphite. The taste is smooth, elegant with cherry syrup, liquorice and locust bean aromas and impressive minerality due to the composition of the sandy-clay soil. Full-bodied wine, with balance of fruit and tannins, as well as an impressive finish. At a retailers price of 900 MKD it’s worth every drop. 

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