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And now it has tickled the fancy of a critic who writes for Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate. Here's the opinion of Jeb Dunnock:
"The inky-colored 2013 Vranac Special Selection (100% Vranac, which is the local grape of Macedonia) offers upfront, voluptuous levels of black raspberry, plum, violets and spring flowers. Full-bodied, decadent and a borderline big fruit bomb, it nevertheless has fabulous purity of fruit and good freshness. It's a smoking value to drink over the coming 2-4 years (although I have no experience with how this grape ages). 90/100."
The new vintage of this wine - the 2015 - has mightily impressed several panels of professional judges at the International Wine Challenge who deemed it worthy not just of the Republic of Macedonia red wine trophy, but also a gold medal.
The 2015 was bottled this week and I tasted it at the London Wine Fair on Wednesday. It is delicious...but no better than the 2013. And the 2013 is drinking beautifully right now.
The Vranec is £13.75 inc VAT a bottle (£12.38 for Daily Drinker members).
Buy the Vranec here.
And those preferring a white wine on the table in these balmy times could do a great deal worse than consider the equivalent white wine from the same Winery. We still have modest stocks of the 2015 Rkaciteli Special Selection, about which renowned wine writer Tom Cannavan said:
"I am familiar with (and a bit of a fan of) the Rkatsiteli grape from my years of chairing the Georgian National Wine Competition, but this version comes from Macedonia, and consultant winemaker Philippe Cambie (apparently declared 'best oenologist in the world' by Robert Parker in 2010). There's a lovely zing to the aromas, a touch of Torrontés florality, plenty of elderflower and herb punch and fruit too. In the mouth it is really quite substantial, quite full-bodied, but it is pithy, citrussy and dry, a mouth-watering quality to the acids that is very moreish."
It is £13.75 inc VAT a bottle (£12.38 for Daily Drinker members)
Buy the Rkaciteli here.