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2016 Smederevka Classic, Tikves Winery

2016 Smederevka Classic, Tikves Winery
ref. TIKV160 AUG17

Wine Variety: Smederevka is the most widely planted white variety in the Republic of Macedonia, but it seems likely that its origins are in Bulgaria, where there is some genetic diversity. A legend that it was brought to Bulgaria from Egypt by the crusaders is likely to be no more than that: a legend.

Wine Region: The Republic of Macedonia is a landlocked country that used to be part of Yugoslavia. Indeed, greater Macedonia also covered parts of Greece and Bulgaria, too The Greeks still dispute the use of the name. 85% of the country's vineyard area is within the central River Vardar valley; 41% in Tikves, from where comes this wine. It is now thought that this region is the cradle of global wine production. Recent investment has given rise to a resurgence of quality in the Republic of Macedonia.

Wine Producer: Tikves Winery opened its doors 130 years ago and is apparently the largest and oldest winery in south-east Europe. Bought in 2003 by the Texas-based M6 Investment Group, Tikves has been the beneficiary of €30M of new investment and is now a fully modernised winery. One of their wines, the 2015 Vranec Classic, won a Gold Medal and the Macedonian Trophy at the 2017 International Wine Challenge.

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Style
Style:
Dry White - light
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Smederevka
  Producer
Producer:
Tikves Winery
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
9°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
10.5%
  Country
Country:
Republic of Macedonia
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2018
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Tikves
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Very pale wine: a hint of straw to the colour. This is really undemonstrative to smell. Aromatic it aint. Yet swirl it hard for a while and hauntingly sweet aromas emerge, of vanilla and other sweet flowers. Smells like a New Orleans funeral, but a distant one. Yet the palate has real weight and purpose, just not a vast amount of character. Long and earthily-textured, this. Lemony and a touch saline of fruit. I like it!

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