Tikves Smederevka, 2017
Taste Profile Where it's from
The nose is very attractive but with no instantly recognisable varietal character.
The palate has freshness and considerable fruit with an underlying lemon-like flavour that makes it unusual. Bone dry, and the balance has a very attractive and clean acidity. An attractive and interesting wine, with a longish finish, from a not too well known country and region. - John Brownsdon MW
About the Wine
The Tikveš Winery has been operating since 1885, and Macedonia itself has the earliest evidence of vine cultivation stretching back to 4000BC! However in modern times 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 Macedonian varieties such as Smederevka, Vranec and Kratoshija.
Smederevka (pronounced Smed-er-EV-car) is an indigenous variety native to the Tikveš area 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 planted in well drained clay soils which are rich in carbonatesand naturally encourage high yields. Green harvesting takes place to reduce the yields and concentrate the flavours in the grapes.
Grapes are manually harvested when they have reached optimal ripeness and then vinified in the state-of-the-art cellar equipped with the latest technology under the watchful eye of consultant oenologist Philippe Cambie, resulting in an authentic and characterful pale lemon wine with tropical and stone fruit aromas underpinned by a streak of zesty citrus. This is a great value wine: excellent quality at a very reasonable price.
Goes well with
A vibrant palate with bright, fresh acidity means this will cut through richer, creamy sauces accompanying poultry meats such as chicken, guinea fowl and quail.
The mineral, slightly salty note on the finish will match all types of shellfish. Also a great combination with slightly chalky textured, young and fresh goats cheese.
|Country||Republic of Macedonia|
|Volume||750ml (Full bottle)|