Since it has been full two months since the celebrations of New Year, we believe that the irregular consumers of sparkling wines (regular lovers of sparkling wines don’t need a particular motive for an “attack” at the palate with a sparkling and cold nectar) looking for a refreshment that lifts your spirits.
Although they are produced all over Croatia, the experience tells us that one of the finest home-made wines are produced in the Plesivica region. That is why Mladina winery released prior to New Year holidays the POJ sparkling wine (Plesivica Okic Jastrebarsko), made by traditional method of long fermentation in the bottle. It’s a wine that has been expected for quite some time in the circles who know the operation of this cellar. Personally, we think that it was worth the wait.
At first, we were pleasantly surprised by the very thick and small pearling, by admirable duration, while the rich and rather deep golden yellow hue is “decorated” with a gentle greenish reflections, complementing this visual rhapsody. The initial metal aromas were soon complemented by aromas of yellow fruits (apple, quince, pear) and light toast. In the mouth, it is dry, but also full of fruit sweetness. Although very fresh, the rich and small foam makes it very soft and smooth. The aftertaste is also marked by yellow fruits.
Although 14.1 percent of alcohol by volume in a sparkling wine may seem as a lot, thanks to a firmer and extract rich body, it passed almost unnoticed (swallowing it, you will feel a pleasant warmth filling your body).
Lovers of lighter, extra dry sparkling wines will have a few complaints about this wine, but we think that it is the stronger body and fruit aroma that makes this wine stand out in the broad palette of sparkling wines available on our market.
Best paired with: as an aperitif or with seafood
Serving temperature: 8 to 10ºC
Price: around HRK 100