Bosnia Herzegovina - Now There's an Idea
Well this is what we are about, surprising our members and introducing wines that most would neither have thought to try (unless less you travel or descend from there) or would even think of putting Bosnian wines on the radar. Like the Romanians, this part of the world has been producing wine for many, many years, and sadly because of the lack of access; and to be truthful, the quality of these wines in the immediate past, they just haven't been exposed to the rest of the world. But now its changing, and considering how many early immigrants from the former Yugoslavia have been involved in the inception of the Australian wine industry, its about time we looked at the wines.
About the Winery
Vinogradi Nuic is a family owned winery located in the little village of Crnopod, in southwestern Herzegovina, where the family planted 35 hectares of vines in 2004. Interestingly they purposely use the word Vinogradi in their name as "Vinogradi" means "Vineyards". Why? Because in their words,
‘It has all begins with them, all the effort has been given to them, and because the vineyards are those that will give back, to us, most abundantly, and we will be most grateful to the vineyard’
The climate is Mediterranean and influenced by the Dalmatian Coast, giving them a climate of warm/hot days and cool nights perfect for fruit flavour and acid balance.
About the Wine
Blatina is an indigenous variety and has similar fruit characteristics to Cabernet Franc, nice and plummy, rich with velvety tannins and blended with Alicante Bouchet, which is similar to Grenache.
Enjoy this wine - its interesting and well made. I had my first bottle with an aged cheddar and this was a perfect match.