jamie goode's wine blog: Kosovan Vranac in Waitrose

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kosovan Vranac in Waitrose

Coincidentally, a case of Waitrose samples that arrived on my doorstep also contained one of the Kosovan wines I tried this week at the weird wines tasting. I figured it would be a nice lunch wine, especially on a bright spring day. It is made from the Vranac variety that is unique to the Balkans, and which is (apparently) known for its berry/forest fruit character and firm tannins. It's more than just a curiosity wine; this is something I'd be happy to drink on its own merits.

Stonecastel Vranac Premium 2007 Rahoveci Valley, Kosovo
A delightfully fresh, juicy cherry and plum flavoured red wine with good acidity and a bit of tannic grip. This is modern-styled with fresh primary fruit, but it has a little more acidity and structure than many commercial wines, which makes it a great food companion. It's a bit like a well made Loire red in style, perhaps crossed with a Beaujolais. Impressive. 88/100 (7.99 Waitrose, but 5.99 15 April-17 May)

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At 4:38 PM, Blogger Gerasin said...

Are you writing about Moldova or Kosovo?.. Label on the picture says Kosovo and as far as I know there's no Vranac grown in Moldova.

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for the correction. Brain scramble - it's now corrected.

 
At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Mmmm. Sounds interesting. Will try to pick some up at the lower price...

 
At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drank plenty of Vranac in Montenegro a couple of years back (it was the only wine available). Nice, lipsmacking stuff that reminded me a bit of a Valpolicella.

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Nemanja said...

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At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Nemanja said...

Vranac is a well know wine in Montenegro, also produced in southern part of Serbia and Macedonia. A more complex type of Vranac is the Vranac Pro Corde. The word "Vranac" means black stallion.

 
At 11:01 AM, Anonymous P.G. said...

Speaking about Vranac you can not not to mention Serbia. Out of all former Yugoslavia serbs produce more wine varieties based on Vranac then anywhere else. A tiny fraction of Serbian wine output can be seen at serbianwines.co.uk. Unfortunatly I could not find any more info, any pointers??

 
At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just i would like to corect you about Rahovec wine of Republic of Kosova.
People they whant to know more about this wine is good for them to travel in Rahovec which is the city in Republic of KOSOVO and they would know that this wine is not from Monenegro or Serbia.
thank you

 
At 10:44 PM, Anonymous ragip said...

that is very good wine produced in Rahovec Kosovo and full of flavour. so i liked but i want too know where i can buy with the price 5.99 that is mentioned there.
thanks, ragip

 

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