Price: around 10 euros
I will say right off, Marko Car is king.
The point of wine festivals such as Dubrovnik FestiWine is to find “hidden gems,” winemakers who usually don’t attend fairs and are considered to be “under the radar.” AN unexpected surprise I carry from Dubrovnik is the Vranac by Carevi Podrumi.
Vranac has been cultivated for a long time and is a traditional variety in Konavle, and this one comes from a 60-year-old vineyard. It seems these old vines give a different Vranac than the one cultivated today in Montenegro and Macedonia, but also from those in Imotski and Herzegovina.
The wine from 2013 still seems young, but also refined at the same time. It seems to have been balanced already in the vineyard and reached integrity via natural balance of an old vineyard.
The sour cherries developing in the glass are mineral, full of iron. The wine has an energy current, a nutritive value truly feeding the consumer. But without being overripe or heavy. On the contrary, gourmet acids are blended wonderfully and hold a harmonious freshness in the sip.
Carevi Podrumi also make a Plavac Mali, Pošip and Dubrovnik Malvasia, also with a desirable traditional artistic approach, but the Vranac is special.
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