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Saints Hills Dingač 2012: A Polished Plavac Mali

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Saints Hills Winery in Croatia

You must admit when you are wrong.

We visited Saints Hills winery and participated in a tasting dinner in May 2016. After the dinner, I was extremely critical of the wines. The food was good and the presentation was nice, but I did not think the wines warranted the high prices.

(You can scroll through the photos of the food at the tasting dinner in the feed below.)


The winery is located on the Pelješac Peninsula, in the village of Oskorušno. During most of the year, the winery has more people working in it than there are people living in the village. Saints Hills owns three principal vineyards: St. Ante in Istria, St. Lucia Dingač, and St. Roko in Komarna. The biggest headline is the consultant—Saints Hills employs the famous Bordeaux-based oenologist Michel Rolland to guide the winemaking process. 


We recently had a chance to re-taste the entire Saints Hills portfolio. The latest vintages are very good. They all show polished and excellent winemaking. What is encouraging is the fact that their Plavac Mali-based wines are modern but still stay true to the variety. It’s a tough balancing act in Dalmatia where locals remain steadfast in making traditional Plavac Mali. Often times, these wines can be high in extract, tannins, and alcohol. Some examples can be spellbinding, but vintage variation remains a problem.

Modern producers like Saints Hills have gotten a lot of pushback. Ultimately, they share the same goals as traditional producers. That is to make the best damn wine possible and show the true potential of Plavac Mali.

Saints Hills Dingač 2012

Dingac Saints Hills

31,99 € | Available at The Wine And More

From the Sv. Lucia vineyard in the Dingač appellation, the Saints Hills Dingač 2012 is aged for 24 months in French oak. This is a dense wine with flavors of dark cherry, chocolate, perfume, Mediterranean herb, and black plum. Even though it is 16% ABV, the alcohol is integrated well. The wine is polished with big tannins and a long finish.

4.2/5 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the START HERE page.)



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