Plavac 2006 Crvik
Plavac 2006 Crvik
Konavle wine grown region
Komaji is located in Konavle, some three kilometers east of Cilipi. The location is surrounded with hills covered by cypress and pine trees, with smaller fields of red clay land under grapevine. During the Homeland War, Komaji was occupied by the Yugoslav People’s Army. It was completely pillaged, destroyed and burnt to the ground. The only industry that manages to survive is agriculture, or winemaking, to be more precise. Along with this Plavac, Crvik family has in its product range Dubrovnik Malmsey, Marastina, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Plavac Crvik does not belong in the upper class of Plavac wines, but this is a solid wine, i.e. this variety has a great potential in Konavle, not only in Konavosko polje, but in surrounding hills and slopes as well. Since that majority of grapevine in Konavle was destroyed, it was with great pleasure that we tasted this announcement of what might become a great wine story from Konavle.
The aroma of this Plavac does not reveal any refined sensations, so this might already tell you that this is a completely different type of wine compared to high quality Plavac wines coming from Peljesac, Hvar or Brac. However, this Plavac Crvik 2006 can compete well with quality (but not high quality) versions of Tomic, Antunovic or similar Plavac wines. It is much better on the palate, although not so rounded, fat and meaty, not to say “dusty”, something we might expect from any high quality Plavac wine. Also, alcohol could have been even better expressed (now it’s at 12.8 percent). Despite all that, the wine is nicely balanced. The acids are pleasant and the wine goes down smoothly, especially with good food. The aftertaste reveals a strongly expressed bitter note. Barely noticeable remainder of unfermented sugar could also help this wine. This is a wine with an extremely good price to quality ratio.
Best paired with:
roasts and spicy red meat dishes, game, oily fish, hard cheese…