Zlatan Otok 2005 Exclusive
Zlatan Plenkovic, winegrower and winemaker from the island of Hvar, recently launched the exclusive line in his Zlatan otok series, named Zlatan Otok Exclusive 2005. Its bottle bears the mark 07, meaning that it is the wine ready for the market. It is a field blend, a mixture of several wines from the authentic Hvar varieties from the locations of Hvar, Zavala and Milna. Dominating among them is Bogdanusa, a variety grown from the days of yore on the island of Hvar. Its wine has been forever used in blends with other wines of different category, aroma, acidity, alcohol volume etc.
The tradition has it that this wine was drank only on religious holidays, and that is the reason why it is called Bogdanusa (from Bogom dana, meaning “God given”). Bogdanusa gives it the acidity that preserves the fresh taste of this really exclusive series. Another variety gives it a mild Muscat note that will be felt after the wine is left to rest in the glass. It's Prc, another indigenous Hvar variety of plentiful yield. Its wine does not have enough acidity, so it is usually blended with other wines.
It's hard to tell how much Marastina, Palarusa, Mekuja, Parca or some other variety is there in this bottle, because this is a completely different wine, where the varietal character of one variety blended into the character of others, and the aroma of one variety overwhelmed the varietal character of the other with its aroma profile etc. However, the most interesting thing about this wine is the well preserved acidity and freshness, rarely seen in Dalmatian whites. Namely, you will rarely find a Dalmatian white wine of such extraordinary freshness, pungency and youthful liveliness. It is in no way dull or understated. Indeed, the “exclusive” series could fool you into thinking that this wine comes from a slightly colder climate, not from an Adriatic island with most sunshine hours in a year.
It has crystal clear yellow hue. Swirling it in the glass reveals excellent consistency and oiliness, evenly coming down the sides of the glass. The fragrance is perhaps a bit too closed, almost holding back. But it smells sincere, first of all of grapes (because of Prc, perhaps?), showing the full potential of the hints of flowers, elder, very little fruitiness... It will show its full potential when you sip it. Succulent white fruits complemented with herbal aromas are perfectly harmonized with the acidity that charmed us. Lively at the palate, or rather full of life, youthful, playful, soft in the aftertaste, aromatic and supple. You will not even notice the 13 percent of alcohol by volume, although the wine is nicely warm. The freshness coming from the acidity makes every new sip interesting, and the deliciosity in the aftertaste lures you to have another glass. It is not like a semi-sweet wine that will bore you after a glass or two. You can enjoy this wine for a long time, so we highly recommend it.
Best paired with:
fish stew, seafood risottos, grilled fish, chicken. Gastro.hr recommends veal risotto
: around HRK 130