Benvenuti Caldierosso, Hvratska Istra, Croatia 2018

Regular price £20.49

Rare Croation red blend based upon the iconic Teran grape, violets and soft fruits, herbs and full bodied flavours

The story of the Benvenuti winery is a story of family, tradition and terroir. The vineyards are situated in the quiet Istrian village of Kaldir, overlooking nearby Motovun, where they grow three grape varieties - Malvasia Istriana, Teran and Muscat. Throughout history, these varieties have been giving the best results in Istria and it is therefore their intention to use the advantages of this unique territory sustainably, with gratitude for being a small part of it.

Family values and tradition are the key "condiments" of Benvenuti wines. They are the foundation upon which Benvenuti produce their wines which in their grape variety reflect the abundance of the vineyards, located on several specific micro-locations. One of these, San Salvatore, is the heart of their varieties. The terraced configuration and the white soil, along with the micro-climate, give the grapes character which translates to very mineral, fresh wines, fully expressive of the characteristics of the varieties. These characteristics are expressed in all of their wines, from basic to aged Malvasias, fresh and harmonious Terans, through to intensive and pleasantly acidic sweet wines. 

In this Cuvee, Teran and Nebbiolo give freshness and a lot of tannins, from Tempranillo comes a rich extract, dark color and density, and Merlot with its softness perfectly combines everything. The result is a wine with a pronounced fruitiness, ripe tannins, strong structure, and at the same time very drinkable and soft in the mouth.

Tasting Note: The wine is a ruby red with reddish edges. The purple label is associated with its initial fragrant aromas of violets and red flowers, which grow into a lavish scent of hyacinth and chestnut honey. The aromas of ripe raspberries and ripe dark fruit spill into the mouth, spicy aromas, especially oregano, appear over time, and despite the strong structure and pronounced tannins. Extremely drinkable, dry, balanced, harmoniously.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 16/20 (average producer score), 'Very Good' Hugh Johnson (Pocket Wine Book 2020)

Teran 50%, Merlot 17%, Nebbiolo 16%, Tempranillo 17%


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