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Tasting notes from Croatia

© 2011 Tom Cannavan

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

Korak, Plešivica

Korak's wines are not currently in the UK but are exported to Russia and Germany.

Korak, Cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2010
Grapes co-fermented, with lots of freshness and lemon and apple aromas, a touch of herby character. Palate has lovely punch and vivacity, with long, fresh finish. 87/100.

Korak, Riesling 2009
14% alcohol. Fermented in big oak barrels. Pretty waxy notes, some apple skin, quite tight but hints at peach. Quite full and structured, plenty of punch to the lemon and apple bite, with a little richness, but tight and structured. Needs time and/or food. 88/100.

Korak, Riesling 2008
14.2% ABV. Slightly more developed wax and nettle notes, similar punchy apple skin notes. Really fresh finish, lots of weight and texture, and a bit of lemon pith, grapefruity zest. 89/100.

Korak, Sauvignon Blanc 2009
14.5% ABV. Fermented and aged in big barrel. Rich, herbal, some custard apple notes. Big fruit on the palate: verve and orangey punch, and the oak rounding out the finish. Better with a touch less alcohol. 88/100.

Korak, Chardonnay 2007
13.9% ABV. Fermented in barrique, 30% new. Unfiltered, very low sulphur. Custard and cream nose, baked apples, a certain buttery quality. Huge fruit sweetness, though there is a little minerality that cuts through the vanilla and fruit sweetness giving very good balance. 90/100.

Korak, Syrah Rosé 2010
12% ABV. Fermented in old barriques. Lovely aromatic nose with a hint of pepper and bright raspberry. Lovely mouth-filling red berry fruit, dry and beautiful balance. A lovely wine this, herby and savoury yet full of fruit. 88/100.

Korak, Pinot Noir 2008
14%. Barrel fermented with skin maceration, into barrique for a year and spontaneous malo, then into big wood until bottling with minimum sulphur. Creamy and ripe nose, the oak very nicely handled, with spices and soft smokiness. The sweet fruit is rather abruptly overtaken by the alcohol and big tannic structure, and spice from the oak. 88/100.

Korak, Syrah 2009
13.8% ABV. Barrel ferment and one year ageing. Inky, peppery and spicy, with bags of tannin and deep-set black fruit, with a rounding of oak and a nice charry finish. Nicely syrah and very fresh and youthful. 89/100.

Korak, Riesling Auslese 2007
50cl. Beautiful nose, with a little petrolly development and some nettle, but mostly clear lime and lemon fruit, with very nice medium-bodied, dried apricot flavour and lovely finish that has sweetness (60g/l) but plenty of acidity (10g/l) really punches through. Lovely, gentle extract and balanced. 91/100.

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