Jako Vino, Stina “Cuvee White”, Brac, Dalmatia, Croatia, 2019

£14.50

On the picturesque Dalmatian Island of Brac, situated just south of the city of Split is the Stina wine movement. Formed over 2008/2009 the owners invested heavily in a cellar on the waterfront in Bol and also in their vineyards. They are focussing on getting their indigenous varieties into the limelight. The ‘Cuvee White’ is made from 70% Posip (body, texture and acidity), 20% Chardonnay (tropical fruit flavours) and 10% Vugava (aromatics) grown in vineyards that a) date back to the 15th century and b) sit between 420m and 550m above sea level. The juice is then vinified for 6 months in stainless steel tanks to retain that freshness. The vineyards are cooled by gorgeous sea breezes which is where this freshness comes from but also during the day the grapes receive a lot of sunshine. So, what we get is a full, ripe but crisp white wine which is, quite frankly, perfect seafood wine.

Nose

Youthful yet complex. Ripe peach, apricot and mango. Layers of citrus. Green apple, white flowers and acacia honey.


Palate

Concentrated and characterful. Full and dry. Lots of yellow fruits. Salty, minerally finish.