Wine Type White Wine

Vintage 2011

Style Crisp, Dry Whites

Country Croatia

Region Zagorje

Grower Name Bolfan

Grape Variety Riesling

ABV 12.50%

Dietary Requirement Vegan

Organic / Biodynamic Organic - Not Certified

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Bolfan 'Primus' Riesling 2011, Zagorje, Croatia

Bolfan 'Primus' Riesling 2011, Zagorje, Croatia

Jascots tasting note...

" Delicately scented aromas, extremely refreshing and palate cleansing with medium rich, zesty fresh fruit flavours. Fantastically concentrated lime, peach and guava, complemented by deliciously structured acidity and a gorgeous mouth-feel. This is another terrific vintage from the outstanding Bolfan Estate in Croatia. "

Goes great with...
Thai, Indian / Curry & Canapés

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Why you should buy this wine...

We are now on our third vintage of this wine from the terrific Bolfan estate in Croatia, and they just keep raising the bar with every year that passes. We didn't think that they could top their 2009 but the 2011 is their best effort yet - seriously impressing us all when we tasted it at Jascots HQ for the first time recently and representing astonishing value. Pair with fish and roasted poultry, or just drink on its own and appreciate the sheer class.

'To the east, this is Croatia's coldest region. It surrounds the capital Zagreb, and is characterised by ranges of hills and picturesque little vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Sivi (Pinot Gris) do well here. By far the best source is the 25-hectare biodynamic Bolfan whose Rajnski Rizling and Primus Pinot Sivi very much suited my palate.' Steven Spurrier

Delicately scented aromas, extremely refreshing and palate cleansing with medium rich, zesty fresh fruit flavours. Fantastically concentrated lime, peach and guava, complemented by deliciously structured acidity and a gorgeous mouth-feel. This is another terrific vintage from the outstanding Bolfan Estate in Croatia.

 

About The Grower Bolfan

The cellar door at Bolfan Wines The cellar door at Bolfan Wines

Bolfan Vinski is situated in the municipality of Hrascina, in Croatia's Medimurje - Zagorje region. Historically, this is the heartland of viticulture in the country, with vine-growing dating back several centuries. Today the winery practices bio-dynamic farming and natural winemaking techniques under the expert guidance of head winemaker Luka Koscak, who has lived and worked among Croatian wine all his life.

Bolfan's cellar and winery is situated in the middle of their vineyards, ensuring a quick transfer at harvest time between the vineyard and the winery, vital to retaining freshness in the wines. Grape must is settled without recourse to Sulphur Dioxide, and fermentation is carried out using natural yeasts grown on the estate under tight temperature control in order to retain freshness and aromatics.

The vineyards lie on hillside sites, at altitudes ranging between 250-380m with a south / south-east facing aspect, ideal for the cultivation of high quality vines. Soils enjoy a naturally neutral PH level of 7.5 and consist of a combination of loose, free-draining loam, marl and limestone which encourages deep root systems, imparting much sought after concentration and minerality to the wines. All grapes are hand-picked, partly due to the difficulty of mechanically harvesting the hillsides, but more importantly to ensure a thorough and consistent selection process.

 

About The Region Zagorje View All Wines From This Region

Croatian Vineyards overlooking the Drava Croatian Vineyards overlooking the Drava

Zagorje, or to give the region its full name - Zagorje-Medjimurje, is a sub-region of inland Croatia, which runs south and east from the eastern tip of Slovenia along the Drava River, a tributary of the Danube. More than two-thirds of the country's production is white wine, and over ninety percent of this is Riesling, but the country is also becoming known as a top producer of other white, especially other aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris. Wines exhibit an earthy, mineral streak, complemented by full, concentrated aromatic flavours.

 

About The Grape Variety Riesling View All Wines With This Grape

Riesling Riesling

Riesling is a high quality white grape variety whose traditional home is the wine-making regions of Germany such as the Pfalz or the Mosel. It has a propensity for cooler climates, producing very fine wines of an aromatic nature with high acidity and often the capability to age well. It is a versatile grape and shows well in a wide range of styles from fully dry to lusciously sweet.

In addition to its German homeland, fantastic examples can also be found in the Alsace, and further afield in the new world regions of South Australia and New Zealand. It performs especially well in Australia's Clare Valley, where a new world 'classic' style has emerged.

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