Rizman Tribidrag 2016
Grown from indigenous root stock, the original Zinfandel
“In the United Stated of America, Tribidrag is known as Zinfandel, and in Italy it is known as Primitivo, which means that this autochthonous Croatian variety has multiple synonyms. However, the name that is of most importance to us is Tribidrag, as is the fact that Tribidrag was held in high regard throughout the history of Croatia. There exist records that testify that Croatia’s most eminent 15th-century poets (Marulić, Hektorović) used to cultivate this wine, that we used to export it to France and Italy, and that even a poem singing its praises was composed in the 18th century. Our Tribidrag is sourced from our organic vineyards which go all the way down to the sea. The wine is coupaged with the international variety of Temporanillo (up to 15%) to create a perfect blend that retains all the features of the Tribidrag variety.”
VITICULTURE: The grapes for this wine are of the autochthonous Tribidrag variety (with a smaller content of up to 15% of the international variety Tempranillo), which is known as Zinfandel in the USA or as Primitivo in Italy. They are sourced from our own organic vineyards in the Komarna winegrowing area.
The vineyards are located on south-facing slopes with an incline of up to 30%, at an altitude between 50 and 100 metres. The earth is karst-like and consists of limestone with a small content of soil. The yield of wine per hectare is quite small and amounts to 18 to 27 hectolitres, which results in concentrated fruitiness and freshness. Irrigation is performed only in case of exceptional drought.
WINEMAKING AND AGING: Processing and vinification begin with the selection of grapes at our winery after they have been picked by hand. The owners perform this selection personally to make sure that only the best grapes are sent for further processing. The wine undergoes alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in a tank under controlled conditions. After this, it is aged under professional supervision in old barrique barrels made from French and American between 8 to 10 months. After filling, it is aged for at least 6 months before it is released into the market.
TASTING NOTES: The wine is powerful and displays complex aromas including red fruits,
leather, licorice, sweet spices and earthy notes. It shows maturity and the evolution that shows in the bottle is reminiscent to an Old World Grand Reserva in style.
FOOD PAIRING: This is a great wine to accompany rich stews, red meat dishes and a variety of cheeses.
Vol. Alc. – 13.5 % / pH – 3.62 / Acidity – 6,2 g/l / No. Bottles: 3,333