Zlatan Plavac is a rare full-bodied wine from the Dalmatian island of Hvar in Croatia.
The wine is made from selected grapes of the variety Plavac Mali, a blend between Zinfandel and Dobricic grapes.
Croatian wine has a long history dating back to 5th century B.C. Recent historical findings suggest that wine in Croatia existed hundreds of years before the rise of the Roman Empire.
Today, there are over 300 geographically defined wine regions in Croatia. The majority of Croatian wines is white, with the remainder being red, and a small percentage of rosé wines. In 2005, Croatia ranked 21st among wine producing countries with 180,000 tonnes.
On the islands and the Dalmatian coast, indigenous grape varietals, microclimates and the unique nature of the vineyards have lead to some highly individual wines, and some of Croatia’s best known such as Zlatan Plavac Grand Cru.
Plenkovic Winery is one of Croatia’s leading wineries. The vineyards are located on the steep slopes of Hvar. Grapes are picked manually and there are absolutely no chemicals used for spraying. Only a small selection of grapes are used to ensure its quality.
In addition, the winery is currently in the process of obtaining the Croatian Organic Certificate.
Full-bodied, rich, strong and ripe with powerful tannins. Flavors of plum, exotic berries, flowers, and dried fruits. Contains 15% alcohol.
For more information regarding Zlatan Plavac Grand Cru and Croatia’s wine region, you can visit these websites as listed below.
A Mouthful of Wine: Hvar Island, Home of Croatia’s Grand Cru
Tony Aspler: A Wine Lover’s Diary, Part 246
New Wine.com: Sampling Croatia
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