Estate: Founded in 1885, Tikves Winery is the oldest and largest winery in south east Europe. It is renowned for preserving and revitalizing indigenous varieties such as Rkaticeli, Kratosija, Vranec and Plavec. In 2010 the winery brought in wine consultant Philippe Cambie, who modernized and updated both the winery and cellar practices. More than 50 different wines are currently produced at the estate, and they comprise 60% of all exported Macedonian wine. They are certified sustainable.
Winemaking: Hand harvested from vines at an altitude of 500 meters, 30-60 years in age with alluvial gravel and red clay soils. Aged for 1 year in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Inky dark violet in colour with aromas of black cherry, blueberry, plum, bramble and peppery spice. Intense dark fruit, and a streak of earth is layered over a spicy core and framed by silky tannins and balancing acidity. Plum, black cherry, black pepper and a hint of toasted oak comprise the lengthy finish. A bold, energetic synthesis of fruit and spice, an excellent value wine to mix things up a bit. Good on its own or with hearty, spicy dishes. [It was great with creamy basil pesto pasta and chili pepper faux chicken.]
Pairing Suggestion from the Winery: Spicy and strong dishes, grilled meats.
Produced and Bottled by Vinarska vizba Tikves
Enjoy now thru 2019
Rated 90 points by Wine Advocate