Wines by Aizia

The wines we sell come from vineyards considered to be some of the best wine producers in Croatia. In our catalogue are the wines our buyers have found and recommended. They have visited the vineyards, sampled the wines and selected the most appealing for our members based upon their flavour, bouquet, quality and importantly, how good they are on the palate. As well as being extraordinary wines many are made from heritage grapes which are currently unknown in the UK.

Occasionally our buyers find an outstanding wine from a small local producer. Check our catalogue for these specials regularly or you may miss the opportunity to try some really different wines.

In Croatia, the wine industry is closely regulated. All the vines are recorded and samples of the new wine crop are tested each year by the government who then grade the wine for its composition, sugar & alcohol content, quality, flavour and bouquet. Once certified, the producer can then offer the wine for sale.

Our wines have been tried and appraised by Janice Robinson. Please visit her website to get the full appraisal. Below is a taster of her comments and information

% alcohol, score -0/20, Max score she awards is 20, Drink, whether wine can be kept for storing upto 2 years once bottled, price.

If you would like to know about their background and history, click on their picture to find out more.

 

Feravino, Graševina 2016 Feričanci, Slavonija 12% ,scored at 16/20, Drink, everyday, not suitable for storing £13.99, Sole supplier, Wines by Aizia

Lime and sunflower seeds on a fragrantly pure nose that reminds me very much of a young Trocken German Riesling. So delicate! It seems to float in the mouth. Not long, not complex, but delivers a great deal of simple, perfectly formed flavour and palate-cleansing freshness. Just a little kernel of lemony pith on the finish which gives it the right amount of bite.

Papak, Ilok Radosh Graševina 2016 Srijem, Hrvatsko Podunavlje 12.5%, scored at 16.5/20,  Drink, everyday,  suitable for storing, £16.75, sole supplier Wines by Aizia

Nuttiness and something chalky and a little green – as if someone has just blitzed up a pesto with cobnuts and tarragon and lovage with a dash of chalk dust! A little bit of sweetness on the palate (bit of residual?), tinged with herbaceous/grassy flavours. Tiny bit of chew. Feather light but with a wonderful tactile sensation – chalk dust, again. Something floral lingers on the end. A bit more length than the Feravino Graševina.

Erdut, 1730 Graševina 2014 Hrvatsko Podunavlje 12%, scored at 17/20,  Drink, everyday,  suitable for storing, £17.99, sole supplier Wines by Aizia

Cool, lemon-scented, early-morning, crushed-bay-leaf fragrance. Crystalline palate, spiked with sage and verbena, more tension than the Feravino and Papak Graševinas. Soft edges, but at the same time there is a sharp spine, a stoniness, that carries through to the end. Stony texture as well. Then powdery finish. Lovely twist of gently bitter pith, citrus and stones right to the finish. After a couple of days some soft blossom develops on the palate and nose. This tastes very youthful still!

Papak, Ilok Radosh Traminac 2016 Srijem Hrvatsko Podunavlje 13.5%, scored at 16/20 Drink, everyday,  suitable for storing, £16.75, sole supplier Wines by Aizia

Notably golden compared with the three Graševinas tasted alongside. Glorious nose – comes tumbling out like notes out a trumpet, honeyed, crystallised rose petals, lychee syrup. Smells lusciously sweet, but on the palate it is very nearly dry. Just enough residual sugar to underpin the rose-petal florality and plump up the lychee fruit – but not remotely flabby or hot or cloying as so many expressive Traminacs can be. I could imagine this with a baked Vacherin!

Erdut 1730 Merlot 2015 Hrvatsko Podunavlje 12.5%, scored at 16/20, Drink, everyday,  suitable for storing, £17.99, sole supplier Wines by Aizia

Bright, transparent ruby. Very clear, pure nose, smelling unexpectedly of wild strawberries and red cherry. Delicious! It tastes like cherry juice with a drop of damson liqueur. Cranberry-sharp acidity, tannins simply pencilled in on the framework. Joyously fresh and light and utterly different. You could easily drink this for lunch with a salad or charcuterie and barely feel the alcohol at all. It’s such a pleasure to taste Merlot like this… Pinot style!

Feravino, Miraz Frankovka 2015 Feričanci, Slavonija 13.5%, scored at 16.5/20 Drink, everyday,  suitable for storing, £19.99, sole supplier Wines by Aizia

Dark crimson, flushed with deep pink. Lifted (very slight VA), intense, notes of apricot glaze and cured meat on the nose. Burly, compact, ground parma violets and a sweet wood spice giving a lifted, perfumed character. Black cherries, charcoal, dried rose petals, and then a fine skein of bitterness – adding to, not detracting from, the whole. An exotic tapestry of flavour. White pepper on a dry, fine-grained finish.