The southeast reef of Samobor highlands – Plešivica – has quite often been called “Croatian Chablis” or “Croatian Champagne” in the world of wine in the past two decades. Still wines and especially sparkling wines from the cellar of Tomac family are the best example why Plešivica is compared to famous French regions. The members of Tomac family have additionally enriched the specifics of Plešivica Terroir, making a transition to biodynamic growing in line with the principles of the Austrian philosopher and author Rudolf Josip Lovro Steiner, a native of Međimurje, and using amphoras in the process of vinification. At the moment, they are recovering the soil in one of their vineyards covering the area of 3 hectares, next to which there are no other conventionally grown vines, by sowing special plants and using biodynamic preparations for vine spraying.
Tomac wines ageing in amphoras dug in the ground are especially interesting, while the first bottling of 2010 Brut Natura Amphora was enlisted amongst 75 most exciting wines in 2016 by the Decanter Magazine, only six of which were sparkling wines. With the 50:50 ratio of Chardonnay and a blend of old varieties, the wine ferments in amphoras, macerates for half a year, and afterwards ages for a year and a half in large 2,000 litre wooden barrels without being filtered. Having the colour of transparent amber, the aroma of the amphora and accentuated tertiary aromas with fruit tones of freshly picked grapes, peaches and citruses, when cooled well, this wine perfectly matches caviar, raw shrimps and, of course, oysters.
Tomac sparkling wines are divided in two lines: base (Millenium and Rosé) and premium (Classic, Diplomat and Amfora). The classic champagne method is followed in their production, the base wine being a combination of Chardonnay variety and old Plešivica varieties.
Just as its name suggests, the Diplomat sparkling wine is exceptionally harmonious and refined, with nice acids and low alcohols owing to Plavec žuti, whereas the recognisable aromas of brioche and butter are given by Chardonnay. It ages up to four years on sediment. It has a full, rich and complex taste which lasts for a long while, and its bubbles are harmonious and numerous. This perfect aperitif is also well-paired with light white fish or clam dishes.
Tomac Traminac from 2017 amphora was first produced this summer and immediately instigated delight among the lovers of good wine. The wine has preserved gentle varietal characteristics, while six month-long maceration in clay dishes has given it fullness. At the same time, this wine is still incredibly fresh.
Just like Traminac, Sauvignon spent half a year in amphora, and then a little bit more than a year in large 2,000 litre wooden barrels. Seemingly asleep.
The king of red wines, Pinot Noir – just like Chardonnay – has adjusted perfectly to the Plešivica sun and earth, compared to Burgundy. The aromas of ripe but fresh red fruit, as well as tastes, last for an exceptionally long time. Decanting before serving it with strong meat dishes like osso bucco or slow-cooked beef cheeks prepared at low temperature is recommended.
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