My Top 10 Macedonian Wines for 2015

Traminec 2014 by Pivka Winery, Tikves Wine District
It’s an undeniable fact that the small, family owned wineries in the country, struggle a lot on the saturated domestic wine market. Should they be lucky, they would be export oriented, just like Pivka Winery. The winery is located in the Tikves Wine District and mostly buys grapes for their needs only from the same area.
This Traminec is fragrant with aromas of white flowers, honey, citrus and lime. The taste is rich, revealing a combination of more white flowers like lily of the valley and rose petals as well as sugar crystal notes. Refreshing acidity and prolonged aftertaste. 
For a price of 300 MKD this Traminec has a lot to offer during the summer days, the autumn days and all the other days.

My Top 10 Macedonian Wines for 2015

Ana-Maria Rose’ 2014 by Bovin Winery, Tikves Wine District
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon & 50% Sangiovese, obtained from grapes coming from the winery’s vineyards located in the picturesque locality Lepovo in the Tikves Wine District. Dark salmon colour, and an expressive nose of forest strawberries and very subtle hints of pomegranate. This rose’ is robust and serious, with strawberry stone candy and young cherry flavours. Crafted by the winery’s winemaker, Boris Necev, and his team of enologists. The price is a light one of only 380 MKD. 

Premiile de Excelenta 2015, Bucharest, Romania

Sometimes I don’t stop travelling for weeks due to wine reasons and this year was no different. This November proved rather busier month than usual…
For the second time I received an invitation to judge at Premiile de Excelenta 2015, this year held in Bucharest, in addition to be appointed a president of my panel.

About the Competition
The Premiile de Excelenta, organised by Vinul.ro the leading wine magazine in the country, took place over the course of two days (4th & 5th Nov) at the Tasting Room by Ethic Wine, having a wine shop bearing the same name just on the very same corner where the tasting room is located.
We got to judge wines in different categories, Romanian and international ones, all of them  divided according to the style of the wine, pertaining to the retail or HoReCa sector, as well as the price range.

After a two day wine tasting sessions, the following wines were awarded as the best each in a different category:

Best HORECA Wine from an indigenous Romanian grape variety
Gold Medals
Fetească neagră Divinitas 2013, Viile Sudului,
Experience (Fetească albă + Tămâioasă românească) 2014– Ecoferm (Grup Cris Tim)

Tămâioasă românească Colocviu la Roma 2014, Casa de Vinuri Cotnari
Best Retail Wine from and indigenous Romanian grape variety
Gold Medal
Busuioacă de Bohotin dulce 2012, Crama Basilescu

Best Wine from both an indigenous Romanian as well as international varieties
Merlot Private Selection 2013 by Liliac Winery

Gold Medals
Cuvee IX 2012, LacertA
Cabernet Sauvignon + Merlot 2011, Cuvee Tanc 6, WineRo
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Crama Răteşti
Cabernet Sauvignon Origini 2012, Budureasca
Merlot + Cabernet Sauvignon + Fetească neagră 2011, Tanc 3, WineRo
Shiraz Origini 2013, Budureasca
Origini Reserve 2013, Budureasca
La Muşat 2012, Budureasca pentru Crama Muşat
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Crama Răteşti
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Budana 2, Licorna Winehouse
Fume Premium 2014, Budureasca
Primordial Chardonnay + Sauvignon Blanc + Muscat Ottonel 2014, Domeniile Bogdan
Sauvignon Blanc Hermeziu 2014, Domeniile Lungu
Merlot + Cabernet Sauvignon + Fetească Neagră Domeniile Ostrov Grand Reserve 2011, Ostrovit
Cuvee Nicolae Red 2013, Domeniile Tohani
Noble 5 2013, Budureasca
Best Imported Wine
Gold Medals
Cabernet Sauvignon Ecos de Rulo Bisquertt 2010, AlmaTim
Chenin Blanc Douceur d’Octobre 2011, Vinexpert
Carmenere Cuvee Misiones de Rengo 2012, Vinexpert
Carmenere Ecos de Rulo Bisquertt 2010, AlmaTim
Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001, AlmaTim
Sauvignon Blanc Rimapere 2014, Vinexpert

For the full list of medal winners, please follow the link

http://vinul.ro/laureatii-premiilor-de-excelenta-vinul-ro-2015-lista-de-medalii.html

The Romanian Wine Scene
Much to say really, and not only referring to the Romanian wines only. Having had the chance to attend a wine tasting organised by Smart Drinks, one of the best Romanian wine importers, I indulged myself in Champagne ( most notable for me was Besserat de Bellefon Cuvee Des Moines Brut Millesime 2002), attended a Barolo Master Class, and enjoyed some fine wines from Lebanon, Greece, …

The Romanian wine scene has been blooming for the past few years in regards to raising the bar of domestic wine culture- lots of wine tasting events being held regularly, many newly opened wine shops to supply the recently evolved Romanian palate with international labels, as well as to please the domestic and the visitor’s curiosity to explore the abundance of Romanian indigenous grape varieties.
For all those wine people coming from countries where their wine history had been written years, even centuries ago, this might not be a fact to be thrilled about but as I come from a wine country that has been (re)creating its wine history for the past decade or so, this is an important point of reference for comparison.

My Romanian Wine Highlights
Liliac Winery and their winning wine, Merlot Private Selection, deserved to be awarded the best Romanian Wine at Premiile de Excelenta 2015- much refined and elegant.

As always, I very much enjoy the complexity of the Feteasca Neagras and this year my favourites were the ones from Crama Basilescu ( Feteasca Neagra 2009), LacertA winery ( Feteasca Neagra 2012) and Feteasca Neagra 2013 by Domenile Sahateni.

Feteasca Regala Vine in Flames 2014 by Budureasca Winery, Feteasca Regala 2014 by Liliac Winery and Grasa de Cotnari Colocviu 2014 by CV Cotnari Winery were some of my white wine highlights from Romanian indigenous white varieties.

Quite an exceptional Shiraz Origini 2013 and Cabernet Sauvignon Origini 2012 by Budureasca Winery (again!).

Other noted wines and wineries- Busuioacă de Bohotin dulce 2012 by Crama Basilescu Winery, an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 by Cantea Winery ( Dealu Mare, Fintesti) and an intriguing Pinot Noir 2011 by LacertA winery

 

 

Terravino 2015, The Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge, Israel

Terravino- A Wine Journey in Israel

Following an invitation to judge at the 10th anniversary of Terravino 2015 in Israel, to be held in Netanya near Tel Aviv at the beautiful Ramada Hotel & Spa, I embraced the idea of dwelling in the Israeli wine scene for almost a week. In addition to taking place at the beautiful seaside resort, Netanya, not far from Tel Aviv, I was also looking forward to getting familiar with the Israeli wines so rare to find around the world.
 
About the competition
Terravino, The Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. The idea of this international wine competition is without doubt to promote wines mostly from the Mediterranean wine scene as well as putting them against the Israeli ones for comparison on behalf of the hosts, for better learning, for better understanding of the upcoming Israeli wine scene.
The competition is a very rigorous one conducted under the patronage of the OIV where 46 international wine judges were scoring for three days. We tasted almost 400 samples from 20 countries around the world, according to the OIV rules. In total, 14 wines were given double gold medals of them six to Israeli wines, two went to Argentina, and one was awarded to Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Bolivia and Slovakia. Israel was awarded 69 medals in total, followed by Argentina and the Czech Republic (22 each), Spain (6), Slovakia (6), Australia, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, Serbia, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Greece. The medals were given in the following categories:
 
Grand Champion Trophy for the best wine in the Competition, which had the highest score awarded to Michlovsky Ryzlink Vlassky Vyber Z Bobuli 2009 by Vinselekt Michlovsky A.S. Winery from The Czech Republic
Israel’s Grand Champion Trophy for the best Israeli wine in the Competition awarded to Segal Rehasim Dishon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 by Barkan Wine Cellars Marketing & Distribution Ltd.
Country champion, only for the countries with more than 25 wines participating in the contest
Best Category Price, the best wine in each category
The Best Kosher Israeli Wine awarded to Segal Rehasim Dishon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 by Barkan Wine Cellars Marketing & Distribution Ltd.
The Best Israeli Small Boutique Wine awarded to 1848 Malbec – Fourth Generation 2013 by 1848 Winery
The Best Israeli Winemaker/s awarded to Barkan Wine Cellars Marketing & Distribution Ltd.
 
For a full list of the winners, please follow the link http://www.mediterraneaniwc.com/index_en.htm
 
Israel’s Wine Scene
Much to say regarding the wine scene in Israel though one thing struck me at first- their winemakers, especially the boutique wineries’ owners are eager to learn, apply the newest techniques in their wine cellars. without much waiting or hesitating regardless of their rather long/new wine tradition and history. Wine making in a country known for lots of sunshine and arid climate, is by itself a challenge. Black is by all means the colour trait of the country’s reds, some very fine elegant samples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were noted, as well as lots of Bordeaux blends. Some of the most prominent wine producers, at least from what I’ve tasted, were Binyamina Winery, Barkan Wine Cellars, Teperberg Winery, Carmel Winery, Benhaim Winery, Galileo Winery, and of course, one of the biggest, Yarden Winery located in the Golan Heights.

During my wine trip to Israel, I’ve tasted quite a lot of Israeli wines but had a chance to visit only one winery, Vitkin, where I enjoyed some very refined red wines and quite elegant samples of Carignan, Cabernet Franc and Petite Syrah, in addition to a very spicy Rose’. This more or less gave me a picture on what to expect.

 
Macedonian Vranec Wine Tasting in Porta Ceasaria 
Upon an invitation of the organiser of the wine competition, Mr. Moshe Spak, I was honoured to be given the chance to do a tasting of Macedonian wines for the international wine judges. Without a doubt, I opted for the Vranec and chose the following ones- Vranec Barrique 2011 by Brusani Winery, Vranec 2011 Reserve by Popova Kula Winery, Vranec 2013 by Chateau Sopot Winery, Barovo Red 2012 by Tikves Winery and Terroir Vranec 2011 by Chateau Kamnik Winery. As much as to my surprise, the wine judges were even more eager to learn about Macedonia as a wine country, enjoyed their time spent with the Vranec and gave their true opinion on the quality of the Vranec samples. An increasing interest in visiting Macedonian wineries in near future followed suit…

Champagne Tasting at the Begining of a Macedonian Harvest

As 2015 harvest has officially began in Macedonia, this text should be about nothing else than Macedonian wines, the grapes, the state of the vineyards, the ongoing harvest, …And in the forthcoming days, it will be so. However, these lines are about an enjoyable day spent tasting some of the best champagnes to celebrate the beginning, of what seems to be, an excellent vintage.

Somewhere between the destemming, pressing and filling the tanks at Chateau Kamnik winery (one of the three wineries in Skopje where I do my practice), we tasted some fine champagnes among them 2006 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime, Krug Grand Cuvée Brut and Taittinger 2005 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut. My list that follows and order of the Champagnes is according to my preference.

Taittinger 2005 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

Taittinger is one of the oldest Champagne houses based in Reims in France. The winery, after a recent tumultuous ownership history, is now again back in the hands of the Taittinger family. In their possession they have 288 hectares of prime vineyards and produces 5 million bottles annually. The vineyards in this region, Côtes de Bar, are one of the most expensive in the world with a staggering price of 1.8 million Euros a hectare.

Taittinger 2005 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut was a pure enjoyment for all senses. Beginning as intriguing as all that followed later on. Almonds, lilies, and just hints of citrus and toasty notes on the nose. Multi layered and equally rich taste with creamy nuances, white peach tones, more toastiness and balanced and crispy acidity. Silky texture that revealed elegant nutty notes with additional hints of vanilla. Absolutely lovely & amazing aging potential!! Silkiness is the only word that I would use to describe this Champagne in just one single word.

Krug Grand Cuvée Brut

Krug is also one of the better known Champagne houses primarily based in Reims, France. Though it is owned by the LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton S.E. conglomerate, the Krug family is still involved in the wineries’ future, though less in the every day winemaking processes.

Krug Grand Cuvée Brut is a blend of 120 wines from a selection of 10 or more vintages and different vineyards, re-created on yearly basis. I’ve founded it classy, quite fresh and balanced. Lovely freshness on the nose, followed by abundance of herbal and fine toasty notes. Good structure, rich and complex taste and though the acidity was quite present, it was well balanced. 

2006 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime

Louis Roederer is just another Champagne chouse based in Reims, Champagne and unlike the other two above mentioned, it remains until today as one of the only independent family-run house. The winery is in possession of 240 hectares located in three main growing zones in Champagne, the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne, and the Côte des Blancs. Yearly, around 3.5 million of bottles of Loiuis Roederer Champagne are sold from the winery to more than 100 countries. 

2006 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Millesime was maybe the freshest of all the champagnes we tasted, but quite boisterous in crisp acidity (no need to mention a balanced one). Some fine citrusy and apple notes and just hints of tangerine on the nose. The taste follows the nose and is equally rich in agrumes and good minerality, though not over-accentuated. I would leave this Champagne in the cellar for some time more to age slowly and in a good direction.

The Balkans International Wine Competition 2015

My fourth year as a member of the jury of BIWC makes me feel a bit of a veteran at this wine competition. Being given the privilege to be part of the jury for four consecutive years, provides me with the much needed introspective of the Balkan wines year after year. Not to mention that to my benefit, I have been able to follow the progress of the quality of the wines, changing of the wine making philosophy in some of the wineries, following trends, styles, yet trying to remain faithful to the tradition.

Behind the Curtains
Three tasting panels, four members in each, one panel judge, using the 20 points Australian Show Model way of scoring the wines and quite a lot of wines to taste. A great jury and three MW’s- Konstantinos Lazarakis ( Greece- president of the jury), Julia Harding (UK) and Rod Smith (UK), as well as Igor Lukovic (Serbia), Paul Robert Bloom (The Netherlands), Jasen Zahariev (Bulgaria), Tzveta Tanevska (Bulgaria), Elissaveta Zaharieva (Bulgaria), Mari V. Ardelean (Romania/Italy), Bartolomeo Roberto Lepori (Italy), Sasa Spiranec (Croatia), Bruno Gabershek (Slovenia) and myself.
Two days of judging went smooth, the quality of the entered samples seems to be higher year after year, the better from the best easily surfaced. Yet, for the first time at BIWC the scores at the grand finale while searching for the Grand trophy were even. We as judges were unanimous in our decision- at two attempts in a row.

BIWC- The Wine Festival
The two days of wine competition were followed by a wine festival, reserved to all those who want to discover some of the best wines from the Balkans- wine distributors, journalists, tasters, bloggers etc.
The Balkans has been an emerging wine region just as of recently, though with rich winemaking history and the fifth biggest in the world. Known as powder keg, due to its ardent political history, its wine future seems unpredictable as well.
So much to taste- Bulgarian Gamza, enjoyed the indigenous Turkish grape varieties Narince, Papaskarasi, some of my favourite wine producers from Greece and the indigenous grape varieties to Greece- Assyrtiko, Savatiano, Agiroghitiko, Malagouzia, and some truthful expressions of the varietal characteristics in many of the other wines from Romania, Croatia, Macedonia etc.
It is more than obvious- expression of the terroir, main focus on the varietal characteristics without any further interventions in the cellar is the new wave on the Balkans.

Who are the guys that keep wining all the time & why
The Bulgarian king of sparkling wines, Edoardo Miroglio, and the many times awarded Matalj Winery from Serbia, shared the Grand Trophy for best wine at the BIIWC 2015.The winners were the sparkling wine Special Selection Pinot Noir & Chardonnay 2005 by Edoardo Miroglio and the red Kremen Kamen Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 by Matalj Winery.
Edoardo Miroglio’s success is not only due to the fact that he has mastered the sparkling wine production, but also due to the fact that he has no competition on the Balkans. And though many winemakers might feel discouraged, they should in fact strive to come closer to his achievmements.
Following world wine trends and styles is somewhat of a must when it comes to being a part of the wine world. Being a good enologist is not only about knowing to tame the tannins, get that gripping acidity at a just level, it’s also about being “fashionable”.The young and talented Mladen Dragoljovic is the new wine guru- he has proved it many times before at Decanter, vino.rs competition and so on. Not to mention that the wine that won the White Wine Trophy is also his work.

The other winners are the following:

White wine Trophy
Serbia, Podrum Janko, white, Sauvignon Blanc 100%, Vrtlog 2013
Red wine Trophy
Serbia, Matalj Winery, red, Kremen Karmen Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Rose Wine Trophy
Bulgaria, Uva Nestum, rose, Syrah, Uva Nestum Rose 2014
Sparkling wine Trophy
Bulgaria, Edoardo Miroglio,sparkling, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Special Edition 2005
Sweet Wine Trophy
Romania, Cotnari, sweet, Grasa de Cotnari, Cotnari 1984
Best White Dry Wine from indigenous variety/ies
Greece, Sigalas, white, Assyrtiko 100%, Santorini Assyrtiko Barrel Sigalas 2014
Best Red Dry Wine from indigenous variety/ies
Greece, Monemvassia Winery, red, Agiorgitiko 70% & Mavroudi 30%, “300” Red 2006
Best Sweet Wine from indigenous variety/ies
Romania, Cotnari, sweet, Grasa de Cotnari, Cotnari 1984

For the second time this year, awards were given to the best wine label designs. Stefan Bozhkov, chairman of the commission, together with the members Emanuela Kovac and Emil Maslarski, has given his assessment of best wine label design. The Trophy is dedicated to the memory of the Bulgarian artist Kolio Karamfilov, who is the designer of the BIWC Grand Trophy.

Trophy for the best wine label design
Despotika Winery, family labels, Serbia
Gold medal
Villa Yustina, Bulgaria
Silver medals
Betterhalf, family labels, Bulgaria
33 Rajkovic, Serbia
Bronze medals
Avantis Estate, Greece
Crama Ratesti, Romania

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2015, Jesolo, Italy

Three times it’s a charm they say. My third year in a row as part of the wine judging jury at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, third time the only representative from Macedonia at the competition so far and a third occasion to meet again my fellow wine judges, wine critics and one of the most influental people in the wine world. Well, to be honest, we kind of meet even more often these days. 

The Italian seaside resort of Jesolo, just a stone’s throw from Venice, was the venue where the 22nd  Concours Mondial de Bruxelles took place this year. The wine competition lasted for three days,  from 01st – 03rd May, and brought attention to the Veneto and its 21 appellations located within the wine region surrounding Jesolo, including Valpolicella and Soave, as well as the world famous Prosecco. 
 
Let me give you the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in numbers so you would get a clearer picture of this wine machine- 8020 wines from 45 producer countries were entered in the competition, more than 299 wine judges from 49 nationalities  from across the world divided in 50 judging panels scored the wines and more than 70 young sommeliers from AIS during the three days of the competition walked more than 500 km serving wines to the wine tasters. The worlds most prominent sommeliers, importers, buyers, wine writers and journalists give credibility to this wine competition like to no any other I have seen, attended or tasted at. 
 
The organisation- impeccable as every year. Concours Mondial de Bruxelles has one of the most well organised teams that every year makes sure the competition, both the one on stage where the tasters taste the wines and the one off stage, visit to the wineries, CMB activities run smoothly. Scoring the wines, scoring the tasters, is all part of the CMB system. After each competition every judge receives a statistics of their scoring, giving them an insight in the consistency of their work compared to the other fellow wine judges as well as a sort of a grading of your own wine tasting skills. 
 
The Wine Region of Veneto- Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Prosecco DOCG Superiore and Soave
Visit to some of the wineries in the most prominent wine regions of Veneto, Conegliano Valdobbiadene and Soave were part of the planned wine trips. The winery (La cantina) Ornella Molon was first one on the list. Situated in Campo di Pietra (Treviso) holding both the DOC Venezia and DOC Piave as well as having vineyards in Prepotto (Udine) Friuli, DOC Friuli Colli Orientali. 
 
A visit to Bellenda Winery, situated in the heart of the Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG was a treat after a long first day of wine tastings. In addition to the sparklers, it also produces Colli di Conegliano DOC as well. A visit to Soave and some of its prominent wineries was also scheduled after the second day of wine tasting. 
 
The gala dinner took place on the last day on the island of San Servolo, only a short boat ride from Venice. Bottles of Amarone della Valpolicella, Prosecco and some very fine examples of wines from throughout the world were passed among the tasters, conclusion of the best tasted samples were shared and many laughters with loads of jokes applicable only to wine geeks were exchanged. 

Macedonian Wines at CMB 
The Macedonian wines were present in the array of world wide wines for the third time at this prestigious wine competition. This year they won five medals from seven entered samples- Chateau Kamnik Winery won a gold and a grand gold medal for their Cuvee de Prestige 2013, being also pronounced as one of the six CMB Revelations for 2015 and Tikves Winery won four medals in total: two golds for Alexandria Cuvee Red 2013 and Alexandria Cuvee Rose 2014, as well as for their Temjanika Special Selection 2014 and Vranec Special Selection 2013. It is actually with a gripping interest that Macedonian wines are so welcomed at CMB every year and the tasters are looking forward to tasting Macedonia  wines seeing them as a part of the upcoming Balkan potential. 
 
Bulgaria and the Town of Plovdiv to Host the Next Edition of Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016
The next edition of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will take place from 29th April to 01st May in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This comes as no wonder or surprise as the town of Plovdiv has recently been appointed as cultural capital of Europe for 2019. It seems that Bulgaria has been slowly but rightfully pacing towards becoming a centre of the Balkan wine scene. The Digital Wine Communications Conference 2015 is also taking place in Plovdiv in October this year, as well as the Balkans International Wine Competition, taking place in Sofia for the fourth time later this month, thus attracting the world wine attention to this up and rising wine country. 
 
Please find the complete results on the following link:
 

Pai Abel Chumbado Branco 2011, Quinta das Bágeiras, (by Rui Alves), Bairraida Wine Region, Portugal

Pai Abel Chumbado Branco 2011, Quinta das Bágeiras, (by Rui Alves), Bairraida Wine Region, Portugal- given to me as a present by Joao Rico a couple of years ago. An interesting story re this wine- this “Father Abel” did not pass the tasting room of the wine committee of Bairrada & Mario Sergio, out of a cry of revolt, decided to release it anyway, labeling it “Chimbado” (“Rejected”).

A blend of Maria Gomes e Bical grapes, this wine is complex in any direction. Baked bread, daffodils, crushed stones hinting minerality as a backdrop. On the palate it shows an abundance of ripe lemons, fresh acidity & long enduring minerality aftertaste. Excellent harmony! Chimbado, indeed- In my direction that is!
P.S. Finally in 2012, Mario Sergio was considered the producer of the year by Wine magazine!

Wine tasting of Popov Winery’s wines

It’s show off time! That period of the year when the wineries are pulling out on the market their latest wines. In other words, it’s time for some serious wine sampling. A few days ago, at the Temov Wine Bar in the Turkish Bazaar in Skopje, I had the pleasure to taste some of the wines from Popov winery.
Located in Sopot, near the town of Kavadarci in the Tikves Wine District, Popov winery is a family winery established in 2001. Today, the winery owns 45 ha of prime vineyards located in the localities Sopot, Smolnik and Vrshnik, all of these surrounding the winery. The plantings include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Temjanika, Zilavka, Pinot Grigio, Vranec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Smolnik Temjanika 2013
The grapes for this wine come from the Smolnik locality, which is one of the localities surrounding the Popov Winery. Light yellow colour with greenish nuances. The nose is fresh with lots of peaches and gooseberry hints and the taste follows in the same manner.
Smolnik Sauvignon Blanc 2013 
Fume style, grapefruit and green grass aromas. The taste gives away abundance of kiwi and passion fruit  flavours all rounded with an expressive minerality.
Smolnik Chardonnay 2013
Pineapple aromas, smokey on the nose. Yellow pear skin flavours and a pleasant acidity.
Smolnik Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2012
Lots of rice pudding, vanilla and honeycomb notes on the nose. On the taste an easily detectable sweetness with buttery and citrus flavours.
Domaine Vrshnik 2013 
The grapes for this wine come from the Vrshnik locality, in the vicinity of the winery. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, hardonnay and Gewurtztraminer. Aromas of pineapple, and flavours of pears, baked bread and lots of crushed stones on the palate.
Domaine Vrshnik Merlot 2011
Oaky & smokey on the nose. Very sweet on the pallate with lots of dry berry fruits.
Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique 2011
Aromas of ripe berry fruits and vanilla hints. Very jammy on the palate with soft tannins.
Cuvee Prestige 2011
Oaky, aromas of cherries, blueberries and red currants. The taste follows in the same manner with additional hints of plums.
Vranec Reserve 2007
Aromas of ground red pepper and cherries. Abundance of bluberries, currants and cedar hints. Velvety tannins and a very good aftertaste. To be drunk preferably as soon as possible.
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2008
Meaty cherries and vanilla aromas. The taste is full of black currants, powdery tannins.