A dozen days ago shelves of supermarkets were finally stocked with Daruvar Graševina Vezak 2017 with a screw-in cap and a new, attractively designed and printed label in white, blue and red colors. It is another wine, along with Belje Graševina, Ilok Cellars Graševina and Laguna Malvazija, which open choices of consuming good wines and elevate the widely available quality of bottles in supermarket.
All four wines are especially good for their price range. They sell in bestseller quantities and thus introduce the mass public to the world of quality wines. Part of that audience will stick around these bottles costing between 25 and 39 kuna, while another part will be curious and start researching and buying more expensive wines. But, it is key that thanks to labels such as the new Daruvar Graševina very many consumers can now truly daily buy really quality wine. Such wines are essentially responsible for the expansion of wine culture in Croatia.
Daruvar Graševina Vezak from 2017 is a pure, precisely made, very fresh wine with clear fruit aromas and tastes (apple, pear, slight hint of peaches, especially if at a temperature not too low, when the more complex scents and tastes become prominent). The Graševina can be felt on the nose too and through a slight echo in the taste. Texture is lovely smooth, and the body is, despite low alcohol (11.5%), quite solid, which speaks of the fact that Daruvar had no troubles with rain last year, unlike Plešivica and Istria. Daruvar Graševina Vezak is another proof that the variety, the brand of Slavonia and Danube Region, continually represents excellent value for money.
We tasted Vezak with kulenova seka sausage from a private producer; the wine performed excellently to the challenge of a quite mighty sausage. We then tasted it with pecorino, where it got along well with its saltiness. But, this Graševina is primarily a very fine grill wine, especially for pork and chicken.
Translated from Plava Kamenica, click here for more.