The Dingač ‘Plavac’ is sourced from grapes grown in the fertile interior Župa Valley. Motorised vehicles and mechanical harvesting are impossible and its for this reason that the stubborn donkey adorns the Vinarija Dingač labels and without whom, grape cultivation here would not have been possible. The near constant exposure to the sun, reflective heat from the Adriatic, drainage in the rocky soil and the cooling “Bura” winds create a perfectly suited terroir for these head-trained and dry farmed vines.
About the Wine
Plavac Mali is a cross between ancestral Zinfandel (known locally as Crljenak Kaštelanski) and Dobričić grapes, and is the primary red wine grape grown along the Dalmatian coast. The name refers to the small blue grapes that the vines produce: in Croatian "Plavo" means blue and "Mali" means small.
The most distinct element to the wines from the protected sites of Dingač and Postup is the seaside brininess or “freškina” imparted by the vines proximity to the sea. Near constant sunshine beating down on local herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano also impart a sweet menthol like herbaceousness. Postup is typically harvested later that Dingač and tends to be a more exotic concentrated wine. Aromas of scorched rocks, dried fruit, reduced fig, plum and tobacco contrast with the sea scent. Powerfully structured and actually salty, the wine pairs amazingly in Croatia with home-cured anchovies, pickled onions, local olives, prosciutto, and thick, dense meaty stews. Unexpected combinations such as raw oysters are also possible due to its unique character.