Tikveš Smederevka 2017

Tikveš Smederevka 2017

9.50

Tropical and stone fruit aromas are underpinned by an attractive floral note streak of zesty citrus.

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Country - Macedonia

Region - Tikveš

Grape Varieties - Smederevka 85%, Riesling 15%

Alcohol by volume - 11.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Every wine tells a story about the synergy between the soil, sun, grapes and the country of its origin. The Tikveš Winery has been narrating the Republic of Macedonia’s story as a winemaking country since 1885. However, the Republic of Macedonia remains one of Europe’s last undiscovered wine countries: it is a natural paradise of vineyards, mountains, lakes and rivers, with a climate perfectly suited to producing quality grapes. Located in the Tikveš region of central Macedonia, the Tikveš estate sustainably cultivates indigenous varieties such as Smederevka, Vranec and Kratoshija. The grapes are vinified in the state-of-the-art cellar equipped with the latest technology under the watchful eye of illustrious consultant oenologist Philippe Cambie, resulting in a series of authentic and characterful wines.

2017 was characterised by having the smallest harvest recorded in the past 70 years. The yield was reduced by approximately 50% in the Tikveš wine region as a result of frost during the spring and at flowering. However, the grapes harvested were healthy, with an excellent balance between acidity and sugar levels and the resulting wines deliver good varietal characteristics.

Smederevka (pronounced Smed-er-EV-car) is an indigenous variety native to the Tikveš area of the Republic of Macedonia and is the leading variety for white wines in the region. The vineyards are sustainably cultivated, with 80% of the vines planted on the slopes of hillside plots with east or south easterly orientation. The vines are double Guyot trained and are planted in well drained clay soils which are rich in carbonates and naturally encourage high yields. Green harvesting takes place to reduce the yields and concentrate the flavours in the grapes. The grapes are manually harvested when they have reached optimal ripeness and maturity and are transported immediately to the winery.

The grapes were carefully sorted, destemmed and pressed via a pneumatic press. Each variety was vinified separately. The juice was clarified by sedimentation and then fermented under temperature controlled conditions in stainless steel tanks to retain the purity of fruit.

A pale lemon wine delivering tropical and stone fruit aromas underpinned by a streak of zesty citrus. Beautifully balanced on the palate with crisp and refreshing fruit flavours through to a clean, vibrant finish. An ideal match with green salads, crab cakes or chicken dishes served in a light sauce.