A blend by winemaker Krešimir Ivančić that brings some Chardonnay structure to the hardy, Northern Europe grape Muller Thurgau. The vineyards where these grapes were grown are some of the highest in the Plešivica region at around 400m. Here he has used wild yeast fermentation and 12 months of battonage to introduce some extra dimension and fullness into his blend.
The aromas are heady honeysuckle, ripe peach, mandarine and some honeyed nectarine and spice arrives to join the lively blend on the palate. There is a satisfying fullness in the mouth with intense fruit and a yeasty spiciness on the length that finishes with a touch of pithiness. This finish does mean that this is a wine that is better with food so that you can concentrate instead on that fruit. It is hard to go wrong with a soft cheese or white fish with a creamy sauce.
Region: Plešivica, Croatia
Main Grape: Muller Thurgau 70%, Chardonnay 30%
Style: Dry white
VinousWomen member reaction: Good with cheese.
Date tasted: February 2017
Food required: yes
Where purchased: €12.99 www.thewineandmore.com