Zure Quinta Essentia Pjenušac Grk
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The rare white grape Grk thrives on the sandy soil of Lumbarda, a town on the eastern tip of Korčula. It’s a white grape that makes stunning wines. Recently, a few intrepid growers have successfully plated Grk in non-sandy soil and also outside of Lumbarda. Only a handful of producers work with this grape and wines are highly sought-after, which means they sell out quickly year after year.
This grape produces wines with distinct salinity and tartness that begs to marry a shellfish. It also expresses flavors of citrus and stone fruit, with a rich and textured mouthfeel – imagine Chardonnay meets Loire Sauvignon Blanc.
For many years, Bire has been the leader of the pack when it comes to Grk. Bire wines are spectacular and difficult to get. They are still the foremost producer of this grape on Korčula, but recently a new kid on the block has emerged.
Zure Quinta Essentia Pjenušac Grk NV
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Zure is operated by father and sons team, Bartul Batistić Zure and brothers Marko and Ivan Batistić Zure. The family has the largest vineyard holdings on Korčula island. This is a producer of constant development and many interesting stories to tell. First, the Zure bottles sport intriguing, artistic labels painted by renowned Lumbarda’s artist Stipe Nobilo. Second, they have planted Grk on different soil types and debunked the fact that Grk can thrive only on sand. Third, they are the first to produce a sparkling wine and a Prošek made from Grk. Fourth, they provide a full-fledged agrotourism experience with accommodation, restaurant, and domestic food.
The Zure Quinta Essentia Pjeušac Grk is the first ever sparkling wine made from Grk. It pulls no punches. It’s a brilliant effort with baked apple, biscuit, and citrus notes. The wine really tastes like a salty Blanc de Blancs Champagne. The wine doesn’t have searing acidity like Champagne but there is enough to keep the wine crispy.
The phenolics, acidity, and autolytic charm are in good balance. What’s striking here is the varietal advantages of Grk that shine right through: broad frame, expressive palate, ripe fruit flavors, acidic spine, and saline overtone. This is yet another Grk that will leave no one feeling indifferent. A whopper!
4.3/5 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the START HERE page.)
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