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2013 Zilavka, Stobi Winery

2013 Zilavka, Stobi Winery
ref. STOB130 JUL14

Wine Variety: This is the variety of Bosnia Herzegovina, originating in the south of the country in Mostar. It seems llike it shares some part of its DNA with the grape Prosecco, so famous for making the sparkling wines in the Veneto region of nothern Italy.

Wine Region: The Republic of Macedonia was born out of Yugoslavia and is one half of the old kingdom of Macedonia (from where came Alexander the Great), the other half being a province of northern Greece. This is a mountainous land with a climate ideal for the growing of grapes both for the table and for wine production. Here we are in the central region of Tikvesh, which is responsible for about one third of the country's wine production, and where continental and Mediterranean climates collide. 50% of the vineyard of this region is planted to Vranec.

Wine Producer: Stobi is a big winery, sourcing its grapes from its own vineyards only, vineyards which extend to 600 hectares. Production here is 4.5 million litres per annum. Stobi is steadily increasing its vineyard area (a further 60 hectares was planted in the last two years alone) and sources the best possible plant material for its vineyards. 

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Style
Style:
Dry White - rich
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Zilavka
  Producer
Producer:
Stobi Winery
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
12°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
11.5%
  Country
Country:
Republic of Macedonia
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2015
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Tikvesh
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Initially tasted at 20.9 degrees C. Nice colour: a pale, very clear straw. At this temperature the nose has very good density of aromas. The scent is a sweet, ripe one, of honey and quince, so that it reminds me of the Greek Kidonitsa we offered some months ago. Dry wine, with more of that russet apple/quince fruit. And it gains a slightly tannic structure like the skins of apples. Long, straight and dense. And really quite a spare palate. At this temperature at least I would want to drink it with food. Colder: at 14.7 degrees C: Quite a firm and mineral smelling nose of yellow fruits. There’s some spice here, too. I like the nose. The palate is still dry, quite spare. It is also dense with extract and fresh and long. 

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