The legendary Grk (Grkinja, to be more precise, because this is hermaphrodite variety where the male flower is not functional thereby requiring a pollinator) grows in the eastern part of the island of Korčula, while Pošip and Rukatac (Maraština) reign the vineyards in the central part of the island. Naturally, Plavac Mali, an omnipresent variety in Dalmatia, is the most represented red grape variety here, too.
The sandy soil where Grk grows has provided protection from phylloxera, a grapevine pest that wrought havoc in the Old World’s vineyards in the early 20th century. Its mineral note and freshness make this goldish wine stand out and it’s unique in the world.
It should then come as no surprise that the winery Zure owned by the Batistić family from Lumbarda (whose family lineage goes back more than 600 in the rich history of Korčula) is most famous for wines, prosecco, as well as sparkling wines made from this legendary grape variety.
The award-winning Grk Bartul (2016 vintage which won the gold medal at the 2017 Dubrovnik FestiWine) differs from wines made from the very same grape variety whose berries stem from sandy vineyards because Grk grown on sandy soils has a different aroma from the one grown on rocky soil. Fruitiness is more pronounced, you can particularly feel orange, acids are balanced, but the salty and mineral notes are still there, although the soil is not sandy, but rather a mix of barren Dalmatian terrain and sturdy, smashed rocks. It makes an ideal companion to fish, seafood risottos, shellfish, as well as vegetarian food.
Apart from still Grk, winery Zure is particularly proud of prosecco Elysion that won gold at the 2017 FestiWine competition in Dubrovnik and Sabatini. White grape prosecco used to be extremely popular among sweet dessert wine lovers back in the day, but it has almost completely vanished in this region. The bitter berries combined with concentrated sugar formed by sun-drying (passito method) make a phenomenal experience for your taste buds. Elysion has preserved Grk’s freshness, while at the same time being aromatic and full of fruit aromas of raisins, apricots and honey that just beckon you to have some succades, a traditional island snack made from dried orange zest. A dessert wine that crossed lots of people’s minds, but the Batistić family brought it back to life!
Zure’s sparkling wine is the most controversial Grk product. The experienced professor Bernard Kozina, PhD from the Faculty of Agronomy in Zagreb, who they worked closely with to prepare the Defora vineyard, have them a helping hand in its production. A sparkling wine, appropriately called Quinta Essentia, has aged for a year on yeasts, it was made using a classic method and it’s truly rare and special. With an expectedly pronounced freshness on the throat, this brut sparkling wine goes excellent with pancetta, but lobster, shellfish, boiled fish and grilled fish will also be in good company! Only 600 bottled have been made and trying it on special occasions is a true privilege. It won the bronze medal in the largest price category Boutique - Icon above 60 pounds at the 2018 Decanter in London, while it won gold at the 2017 Sabatini competition.
Even though Zure is mostly focused on Grk, their Popiš also secures them awards. It was the white wine champion at the competition in Mostar, while it brought in the gold medal at the 2018 Festiwine in Dubrovnik. With a strawlike yellow colour, characteristic fruity apple and elderberry aromas and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, it’s recommended with any kind of seafood.
Ivan and Marko Batistić used the varieties that act as Grk’s pollinators to make an excellent coupage called Rebellion thereby making a youthful, rebellious and somewhat stubborn statement that nothing is impossible because many people told them that improving the barren, neglected land constitutes an adventure that’s destined to fail. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot (about 90%), to a lesser degree Plavac Mali and Alicante Bouschet make up this unusually successful and potent superior quality red wine because not a single variety dominates, but rather they merge harmoniously as they age in barrique barrels. You won’t regret if you order it with game animal, lamb or beef, kotlovina, broth or, as a matter of fact, just about any well-seasoned dish or hard and ripe cheese.
We’d be committing a grave injustice by not singling out an exceptional Plavac Mali with another provocative name: Advocatus Diaboli. A rhapsody of balanced aromas, flavours and freshness, silky tannins and tamed acids, long-lasting and memorable finishing touch, an uncompromising Plavac!
The family business is rounded off with labels made by academy-trained painter Stipe Nobilo, who is the brother of Ivan and Marko’s grandmother. These labels feature painting reproductions depicting island landscapes with bright colours and they further accentuate the distinctive qualities of Zure wines.
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