6 Bottle Mixed Case showcasing our range of wines from the Balkans nations of Slovenia and Croatia (3 Red, 3 White)
Croatia, or Hrvatska, is one of the most successful wine producers of the former Yugoslavia on the Balkan peninsula. In the 18th century much of present-day Croatia came under control of the Habsburg Empire, with wine production flourishing. However by the turn of the 20th Century, winemaking in Croatia was hit badly by phylloxera. Under the Communist regime in Yugoslavia, wine production was mainly centred around large cooperatives, producing bulk wines. The collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s saw many vineyards and wineries once again destroyed. However, since the mid to late 1990s there has been a shift back to small, independent producers, focusing on quality.
Slovenia is perhaps the most westernised wine producer of Eastern Europe, known principally for its crisp, aromatic white wine, with a long winemaking history. Celts and Illyrian tribes were making wine here before the Romans. In the Middle Ages, wine production was undertaken by monks and monasteries. Slovenia was part of Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the wines in some way reflect the efforts of their neighbours to the East and West. Worthy of exploration by winelovers.
Case includes one of each:
Stina Barrique Plavac Mali, Brač, Croatia - A Croation red from the Plavac Mali grape, with ripe autumnal fruit and a lovely tannic feel, integrated and savoury
Franc Arman Malvazija Istarska, Kvalitetno, Hvratska Istra, Croatia - An indigenous Istrian varietal, showing nuts, lemon juice, apple, very well-defined fresh fruits and generous body with just a hint of mineral on the finish
Franc Arman Teran, Hvratska Istra, Croatia - A Croation red from the iconic Teran grape, full of hedgerow fruits and full bodied flavours
Stina Barrique Cuvée Red, Brač, Croatia - A Croation red blend based on the Plavac Mali grape, approachable and easy to love
Puklavec Family Wines Seven Numbers Furmint, Stajerska Slovenija, Slovenia - Hand picked single vineyard Furmint from 40 year old vines, scents of honey-wax, rich and oozing candied citrus peel
Guerila, Pinela, Vipava Valley, Slovenia - Unique fresh white from Organic vineyards in Slovenia, complex and distinct