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2016 Piližota Babić: Dalmatia, Croatia


Tasting Notes

This native Croatian varietal known as Babić gives us aromas of ripe dark fruit, particularly blackberries, blueberries, plums, and figs. These aromas are accompanied by the typical earthiness and barnyard of the Babić grape, which is what gives this wine a certain body weight. The palate is traditional Babić – smooth, yet firm, mouthwatering acidity. It is gamey, and its petite tannins allow for a gentle finish. A very friendly and intriguing character invites you to keep on sipping. Enjoy with red meats, wild game, cured meats and cheese.

Winery Details

Inland locations surrounding the beautiful and historic town of Šibenik, in the southern region of Croatia called Dalmatia. A terrain made up of various vineyard locations, most of which are located on slopes or semi-slopes, with an altitude level of 50 to 300 meters above sea level. The vineyards see some of the warmer temperatures in Northern and Central Dalmatia, with interestingly cooler nights and constant wind breezes that whip around the hill and mountain crammed area.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Ivica Piližota Winery

Grape(s): 100% Babić

Style: Red, still

Origin: Šibenik, Northern Dalmatia, Croatia

Vinification: Dry-farmed, hand-harvested, de-stemmed, with classic fermentation in open stainless steel vats, with approximately 10 days of skin maceration. Aged in stainless steel tanks and then afterwards put into large used Slavonian oak barrels of 600 liters for about 6 months in order to soften it up before bottling. Wine is coarsely filtered.

Aging: Aged for 6 months in large Slavonian oak barrels

% ABV: 13%