Drinking Outside The Box

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Wine Tasting Video: Seven whites from Croatia October 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

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Golden Valley Grasevina 2011, Slavonija (£8.99 Marks & Spencer)
Gewurz meets Riesling, floral and musky with lychee, grapefruit and lemon fruit, touches of herbs and ginger, and a zesty finish. B(+)

Pilato Malvazija Istarska 2011, Istria (£12.49 Marks & Spencer)
Majors on fleshy texture rather than out and out fruit flavour, but there’s a decent amount of nutty, peachy weight, and fresh floral, herby notes on the finish. B+

Cattunar Chardonnay 2010, Istria (£16 Pacta Connect, The Vineyard, The VinBin, Market Row Wines)
Like a Mâconnais wine with some old-fashioned Aussie Chardonnay thrown in. Honeyed apple crumble, tinned pineapple and red berry flavours, with notes of butterscotch and vanilla, fresh but too plump and simple for real class. B-

Bolfan Libertin Pinot Sivi 2010 (£10.95 Jascots)
Or Pinot Gris as it’s better known. With its smoky, musky pear, peach and walnut flavours, touch of elderflower and broad finish, it reminds me more of another Alsace grape: Sylvaner. S-

Piquentum Blanc 2010, Istria (£17 Pacta Connect, The Vineyard, The VinBin, Market Row Wines)
I like the rich musky pearskin characters and spicy notes, but I find the vanilla-fudge-like presence of oak just OTT, even after it’s had a chance to calm down. B

Bolfan Primus Rajnski Rizling 2009 (£10.95 Jascots)
There’s a wonderful tension here between the minerally citrus flavours and the weightier floral/vanilla characters. A touch of botrytis seems to be adding a softer honeyed edge, but it’s all reined in by that steely backbone. Very good wine. S

Cattunar Muskat Bijeli Momijanski 2008, Istria (£16.50 Pacta Connect, The Vineyard, The VinBin, Market Row Wines)
Just off-dry, with a Sauvignon-esque elderflower and lemongrass note with a note of the feline, the classic grapey spice character of Muscat, a touch of rose petal and a fresh, slightly smoky finish. S-

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