2022 Vostinic-Klasnic Skrlet, Moslavina, Croatia (750ml)
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Now run by Tomislav “Tomba” Voštinić—the Young Prince of Škrlet (pronounced Shkirlet)—Voštinić Klasnić was established in 1936, when Tomislav's great-grandfather planted the first vines of Škrlet in this area, some of which are still growing in the vineyards today and some of the oldest living Škrlet vines in existence. The winery is a beautiful and humble estate surrounded by vineyards and orchards, in the Moslavina region of Croatia.
Although not certified, the estate is organically farmed, and all fermentations are done with native yeasts, most often early in the morning under cold temperatures so as to maintain the amazing aromatics inherent to Škrlet. While it is a lesser-known varietal that was near extinction not so long ago, it is regaining popularity, due in large part to it making fresh, light and extremely aromatic wines with refreshing acidity. Interestingly, the name of the grape stems from the German word scharlach (scarlet fever), due to the typical red dots that occasionally appear on the vine. Voštinić Klasnić offers several different styles of Škrlet including a fuller, riper style—Unikat, their Natur, a skin contact, underground fermented version, and the extremely limited production Fraktal—an amazing sparkling iteration. Škrlet shows itself to be an incredible and unique grape with amazing versatility and drinkability.
100% Škrlet from Moslavina, a micro-region of continental Croatia. The grapes were harvested by hand in the early morning hours when the temperature was at its lowest. The grapes were immediately pressed and transferred to stainless-steel. The must is allowed to settle naturally, and fermentation follows with native yeasts. The wine was aged in stainless-steel tanks until it was bottled.
Pale yellow. Delicate scents of pineapple with a slight herbal note. The palate is light and fresh with flavors of dried pineapple and mango, lemon flesh and white peach. A refreshing white wine, perfect for warm weather and a wide variety of seafood dishes.