Exploring a new to us grape variety from Croatia with the Edivo Plavac Mali, aged for two years in the Adriatic Sea.
Sample submitted for review. The Edivo Plavac Mali has an SRP of $16. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. Imported by Topochines Vino LLC. 1,000 bottles produced.
Story of Edivo wines started 12 years ago. When two friends decided to make something different. They wanted to make wine in Amphoras that they will submerge in to the Adriatic sea. Edivo plavac mali is a wine that goes in to the amphora that is aged for two years under the sea.
Once thought to actually be Zinfandel, Plavic Mali is now known to be an offspring of that grape (known as Crlenjak Kaštelanski in Croatia) and Dobricic (an indigenous Croatian variety). It is one of the most planted varieties in Croatia. Let's check out how it tastes!
The 2013 Edivo Plavac Mali opens with a rather Zinfandel-like aroma full of black cherry, a good amount of spice and a bit of bramble. The wine tastes similar to the nose with black cherry and spice plus plum, cedar, leather and even a bit of minerality. It's a bit rough around the edges but that helps to give it some character. It ends with a very dry, long, grippy finish that shows just a touch of heat. Overall this is a very worthy exploration of a little-known grape outside of Croatia.
Ready to buy the Edivo Plavac Mali? Check your local retailers.
2013 Edivo Plavac Mali
This is also a great example of Tenet #3 of our Ten Tenets of Reverse Wine Snobbery: Experiment with new wines!