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Tasting notes from Croatia

© 2011 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Croatian Wines.

Bolfan Winery

Bolfan's wines are brought into the UK by Jascots Wine Merchants, London.

Bolfan, Libertin Rosé 2010
Just off-dry with 7.1g/l residual sugar, this rosé is made from young Pinot Noir vines (their second commercial harvest). It has a delicate raspberry nose and reasonably deep colour. There's some creaminess too, and on the palate a nice mouth-filling texture aided by that sugar and just a fleeting sweetness before a fresh, quite dry finish. 85/100. 7Euro

Bolfan, Libertin Sauvignon 2010
Fresh and peppery nose, clean lemony aromas and just a little juicier orange note. Good acid on the palate, hinting towards tropical fruit character, and reasonably long. A middle-way sort of Sauvignon Blanc, not herbaceous and not overtly ripe either. 85/100.

Bolfan, Libertin Pinot Gris 2010
Hint of smokiness here, of herbs and green fruits. On the palate quite a creamy texture, and though rich it is fresh in the finish and well-balanced. 86/100.

Bolfan, Libertin Rhine Riesling 2009
12.7g/l of residual sugar in this wine and just 12.5% ABV. Beautifully fresh and herbal, with notes of sage and a punchy citrus. A deal of minerality here, really quite smoky. Big, lemon pith and grapefruit attack on the palate, the acidity and sharp fruit mouth-watering and hard to believe there's almost 13 g/l of sugar. 88-89/100

Bolfan, Libertin Pinot Noir 2008
13.6% ABV, this has a rather acrid nose, burnt charry wood too dominant, a touch reductive too. Big, sweet fruit comes through on the palate, but even though served chilled this is rather big, charry and a touch hot and clumsy. Far too much oak influence. 80-81/100.

Bolfan, Pinot Noir 2009
This is a sample of an unreleased wine, the fruit green harvested to achieve a very low yield, with close to 15% alcohol. It is slightly less oaky, but very closed. The fruit is dense and curranty, and the alcohol too obtrusive. 82/100.

Bolfan, Paidia Rhine Riesling 2009
23.2g/l of residual sugar in this wine, with 11.8% ABV. Very nice nose, a very similar profile to the earlier Riesling, but the palate feels slightly dilute in comparison, good acid and a sweeter finish, but just lacks a bit of punch. 85/100.

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