Carski Emporia Vranac Premium Dry Red Wine 2016 750ml (Wines of Illyria)
Vranac Emporija is made of 100% the Vranac varietal, the most common variety of the Ancient Illyrian lands. It comes from two micro-locations near Unesco protected town of Mostar: Carski Vinogradi with gravely soil and the second location Bisce Polje next to the winery where the terroir is a mix of clay and sand deposited by the Alpine river Neretva that flows from Dynaric Alps to Adriatic sea and creates perfect environment for wine growing and wines with complex minerality.
Grapes are hand picked in small crates to preserve the fruit during transport to the winery. After the crushing, the mash is put in the fermentation tanks with cylinders of 10 000 l capacity, and macerated (skins in contact with fermenting wine) for 10-14 days at a temperature of 27-29 °C. During maceration, the mash is firstly sprinkled with must (grape juice) until the onset of turbulent fermentation; in turbulent fermentation, the mash is punched down mechanically twice a day with cylinders to the bottom of the vinificator for better tannin extraction. Following the maceration and alcohol fermentation, the new wine is racked (separated from the heavy solids that settle on the bottom of the tank) off into Slavonian wooden barrels 30% of the wine while 70% is aged in stainless steel where the spontaneous malolactic fermentation continues.The wine made from Vranac grapes ages in for 20 – 24 months months and, subsequently, in bottles for a minimum of 3-6 months. Alcohol is always between 13 and 14 %, acidity between 5 to 5.5 g/l which is typical for Mediterranean wines that are capable of long aging.
This Vranac is a full bodied, robust red with notes of cinnamon, chocolate, dark berries and licorice and should be paired with all kinds of meat, especially steak and picante and aged cheese.
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