Variety: Plavac Mali
Tasted: April 2021
One of the most important wineries not just on Hvar Island, but in the whole country. Zlatan Otok Winer is way more than just a name. With long tradition and great care taken to nurture local expression of their grapes, especially Plavac Mali. It is exactly Zlatan Plavac that we’ve tasted during a lovely Easter lunch.
Colour of wine is of medium plus intensity. It is clear. Ruby colour dominate with edges turning to garnet revealing a bit of aging.
On the nose the aroma intensity is medium. Dominant aromas are those of plum jam, sweet cherry, sun dried figs, carob, raisins, smoke and bourbon vanilla. It is rich and reminiscent of pate harvest sweet wines.
This is, however, no sweet wine. On the palate, Zlatan Plavac is dry with medium acidity and higher tannins that are well ripened and very fine. Warming sensation of alcohol reminds us of the sunshine filled vineyards these grapes call home. With 14% alcohol, this Plavac Mali is far away from the strongest wines this variety produces in Croatia. Medium finish completes the picture of a very good wine and a great representative of the famous Hvar Island terroir.
Pair Zlatan Plavac with wild boar medallions in thick vegetable sauce, beefsteak in cream of green pepper, Croatian charcuterie featuring hard cheese and kulen sausage or heavier roasts.