Tikveš Alexandria Riesling

November 10th, 2007

This wine is characterized by a yellow-green colour, a fresh citrusy aroma with hints of honey and a complex flowery aftertaste. It’s a semi-dry riesling, dryer than the Slovenian rieslings (such as Laski Riesling for example), but sweeter than those found in Serbia. It is a nice wine to accompany a lighter meal.

This is one of the wines available in Belgrade restaurants in 0.2l bottles, so if you’re a driver among non-wine drinkers (meaning you can’t order a whole bottle of some fine wine) it’s a good chance you’ll be in a position to try it. Do so.

Rating: 6/10
Price: 250 RSD (3.5 euro)

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Tikveš Winery – Macedonia

November 7th, 2007

Based in Kavadarci, Macedonia, Tikveš is the largest winery not only in Macedonia but also in the whole of south-eastern Europe.

The Tikveš region is a part of Macedonia abounding in natural beauty, with a distinctive habitat and climate, important cultural and historical sites, and a very long tradition of grape growing and wine making.

The Tikveš region occupies the central part of the Republic of Macedonia; it is situated about a hundred kilometres south of Skopje, around the middle section of the River Vardar. The sub-Mediterranean climate is prevalent here, characterized by long, hot summers and mild and rainy winters. Spring is shorter and fresher here, and autumn is longer and warmer.

The ratio between produced red and white wines is 50:50. The most widely grown grape varieties are Smederevka (white) and Kratošija (red).

The range of produced wines depends on the vintage, but the list of wines they produce as quality wines (a step above table wines) could be wrapped up as:

Reds: Kratošija, T’ga za Jug, Teran, Alexandria, Merlot, Burgundec, Kavadarka, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vranec and Rose

Whites: Belan, Riesling, Traminec, Smederevka, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Temjanika and Alexandria.

For the “Special Selection” wines Tikveš has chosen the highest quality grapes and turned them into their best wines. In the red wine range these are Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Vranec, while in the white wine range these are Chardonnay, Riesling, Temjanika and Traminec. The Special Selection wines come with a distinctive label.

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WinEco (Podrum Radenković) – Serbian wines with a tradition

November 3rd, 2007

The Župa region around the city of Aleksandrovac in southern Serbia is considered as the best wine producing region in the country, with a tradition of wine growing that goes back to the pre-Roman times. WinEco is one of the producers in the region, better known as Podrum Radenkovic. Podrum means “cellar”, but the word “chateau” could be used too, see for yourself:

Podrum Radenkovic was founded by Milun Radenkovic (1854-1913). His grandson dr Ðorde Radenkovic (1907-1976) studied enology in Bordaux. Upon his return to Serbia, he participated in founding the big Serbian wine companies, Navip and Rubin. He is the creator of the famous Serbian cognac, called “Vinjak”. Today, the cellar is run by the son and grandson of Mr. Ðorde, Milun and Gvozden. Using the advanced modern technology and the traditional knowledge they produce some truely exceptional wines. These are Sauvignon Blanc (barrique), Chardonnay, Rhine Riesling, Ružica (Rose) and Carigrad (barrique):

We highly recommend Carigrad (preferably 2003 and 2004, although it’s already hard to find nowadays), Rhine Riesling and their Sauvignon Blanc. Website (currently in Serbian only): http://www.wineco.co.yu/

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Tamuz Morava 2006

November 3rd, 2007

Tamuz Morava“Morava” is a relatively new grape variety, made by dr. Petar Cindić, a professor at the Novi Sad University in Serbia and mostly grown in Western Serbia, in the Valjevo region. The grape is known for being less vulnerable to cold conditions than other grapes, thus requires less chemical treatment.

Tamuz Morava is a light, dry white wine, made from the Morava grape variety. It is slightly sparkling and fresh, somewhat similar to Sauvignon Blancs in taste. A nice one to accompany lighter meals. However, the price is a bit high, there are definitely better deals out there. For some better alternatives check the Sauvignon Blancs from my previous posts.
Score: 8/10
Price: 1200 RSD (€15)
Retailer: Rakia Bar Gift Shop, Terazije 42, Belgrade
tamuzvino.com

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Wineco Sauvignon Blanc Barrique 2006

October 14th, 2007

Podrum Radenković Wineco Sauvignon Blanc Barrique 2006
Looks like I am starting a bit of a tradition here with giving high scores to Serbian Sauvignon Blancs – there’s a new wonderful one I’ve discovered, this time coming from Wineco (Podrum Radenković, Trnavci), a wine producer with a long and respectable history and some fine enjoyable wines.

Although Podrum Radenković is based in southern Serbia, in the Župa region, they use grapes from the north of Serbia for their Sauvignon Blanc. These are grown on Biserno Ostrvo (Pearl Island) near Bečej in Vojvodina. This fact tells us that Podrum Radenković makes a great effort to produce their wines. This can also be noted with the first sniff and sip.

This wine is cristal clear, hay-yellow coloured, with a complex fruity-flowery (not strong) nose and extremelly pleasant dryish taste, associating to a mix of elderberries (serbian “zova”, my grandma used to make the best syrup out of those flowers) and red currants. A pleasure drinking on it’s own, even more with some light dishes.

The wine I tried is last years’ (2006), and by being “barrique” I imagine they kept it for a fairly short time in oak barrels, but it still does give it a twist.

Highly recommended!

Rating: 9/10
Price: 880 RSD (11 euro)
Retailer: Super Vero

Essential Co. – Sauvignon Blanc 2002

July 7th, 2007

This is a wonderfully rich Sauvignon Blanc, very refreshing and “full bodied”, with some unusual hints, worth exploring again. The aroma is magnificent, refreshing and pleasant, makes it hard to stop sniffing. Highly recommended on it’s own or with lighter dishes.

Rating: 10/10
Price: 350 RSD (4.5 euro)
Retailer: Super Vero

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Plantaže Sauvignon

June 11th, 2007

Plantaže is a winery which concentrates on the production of indigenous wines, specifically Vranac and Krstač. However, they also produce wines from widely known varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc. Plantaže Sauvignon is a very nice Sauvignon Blanc, not too dry, with a fruity nose. Beautiful taste, slightly citric, very refreshing. Goes nicely on it’s own as well as with lighter meals. A great choice for the hot summer nights, served chilled.

Rating: 9/10
Price: 250 RSD

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Prince Rskavac 2003

May 27th, 2007


“Prince” is one of the two wines produced by the Braća Rajković winery in the village of Gornje Zleginje in the Župa region. The other wine is named “Dina”, a Pinot Noir, named after the man, the Rajković family member, who was the first one to plant the Pinot Noir grape in Župa.

Rskavac is a Serbian grape, which can only be found in the Župa region. The Prince wine is made mainly from Rskavac, with some addition of Merlot (3%) and Župa’s Bojadiser (8%), which itself was developed from Alicante Bouchet and Black Game (reference in Serbian).

Prince is a full bodied wine, rich in tanins, with a pleasant aroma of plums and vanilla. It goes very well with spicy dishes, serbian grill dishes, game, fat cheeses. Very nice on it’s own.

Rating: 9/10
Price: 1300 RSD (€16) (1000 RSD directly from the producer)

Bermet Dulka 2004

May 25th, 2007


Dulka 2004 is a fine Bermet wine, produced in the town of Sremski Karlovci in Vojvodina, Serbia. This is a 16% strong, sweet wine, with a predominant smell and taste of cloves.

The Dulka winery produces wine and spirits since 1920 and is one of the families of Sremski Karlovci that produces Bermet.

Score: 8/10
Price: 500 RSD (0.5l)

Bermet Wine

May 25th, 2007

Bermet is an elegant dessert wine, produced on the basis of secret recipes held by a handful of families in the town of Sremski Karlovci in Vojvodina, Serbia. The wine is sweet, usually between 16 and 18% alcohol, with a nice mixture of spices and herbs. Every family has it’s own different touch, so you won’t find two identical kinds.

Bermet is usually served as a dessert wine, with coffee and cookies, but can also be served as an aperitif.

In the old days, bermet was very popular among the aristocracy of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It is known that the court in Vienna was buying this wine in large quantities and giving them as gifts. A few varieties of bermet were found on the exclusive Titanic menu on it’s unfortunate journey.

As a very special and original wine from Serbia, I will be trying different kinds of bermet and posting my impressions.

If you are in Serbia and looking for a place to try this extraordinary wine, your best option is to visit Sremski Karlovci, a picturesque little town close to Novi Sad. If you don’t have time for the trip, check one of the wine shops in Belgrade.

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