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Tikves Macedonia

Following the success of countries like Slovenia, Greece, Turkey and Lebanon at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, we were intrigued to attend a wine tasting from Macedonia’s leading winery, Tikveš – a new import for Enologia.

Tikveš is not only the largest producer in Macedonia, it’s the most highly awarded and best-financed. So, the introduction of their wines to the UK was never going to be a low-key, understated affair. Baku, a lavishly converted restaurant space on Sloane Street, fitted the bill nicely.

Tikveš dates back to 1885, but there is nothing antiquated about the winery’s viticulture and viniculture. On-trend sustainable farming practices and modern winemaking techniques and are writ large on the Tives operation. Local varieties are central to the focus, too, with grapes like Rkaciteli, Vranec and Plavec being grown alongside international varieties like Chardonnay and Riesling. In 2010 consultant winemaker Philippe Cambie was brought in to help take Tikveš to the next level.

So what of the wines?

We started with the Rkaciteli Special Selection 2012. This wine was marked out by bright aromatics as well as piercing acidity. It’s a grape that remarkably dates back to 3000BC and, as a counterpoint for shellfish and fish as well as Asian curries and summer salads, it has all the hallmarks of making a good impression over here.

We also liked the Alexandria Cuvee 2012 which was predominantly a blend of Chardonnay (75%) and Riesling (20%) and had a delicious floral and white peach nose, an oily texture, excellent freshness and good length. In contrast the Barovo White 2012 blend of Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay was a rich velvety Rhone-style food wine that paired well with pan-seared scallops and a celeriac and white truffle sauce.

The pick of the reds was the Vranec Special Selection 2011, which showed expressive blackberry and sour cherry flavours with an attractive, spicy, slightly bitter finish, while the Barovo Red 2011 (a blend of Kratosija and Vranec) showed first-rate balance of fruit and tannins.

The 2010 vintages of Vranec Special Selection and Bela Voda Red were given 90 and 94 Parker points respectively.

Don’t miss your chance to meet Philippe Cambie and try the Tikveš range on the Enologia stand at Imbibe Live (2nd and 3rd July).

News item from Imbibe.com, Yesterday

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05. 04. 2012.| 13:12

Bela voda a vino crveno – « Tikveš » promovisao vino koje su kritičari zvanično svrstali među najkvalitetnija na svetu

in serbia

Prva vino sa prostora bivše Jugoslavije flaširano je u makedonskoj vinariji « Tikveš ». Makedonci su prvi stavili i etiketu na bocu, a nedavno je njihovo novo vino dobila najbolje ocene koje je ikada ponelo neko vino sa naših prostora.

Tako je vinarija « Tikveš » juče u Beogradu predstavila ekskluzivno crveno vino « Bela Voda 2010″ čiji izuzetan kvalitet potvrđuje i ocena od 94 poena na čuvenoj « Parkerovoj skali » . Na taj način, svrstano je među najkvalitetnija na svetu i najprestižnija u regionu, jer je prvo vino iz Makedonije koje je ocenjivao kritičar takve reputacije i jedino vino sa ovih prostora koje je tako visoko ocenjeno.

Zvaničnom predstavljanju ovog vina na tržištu Srbije, prisustvovao je i Filip Kambi (Philippe Cambie), jedan od pet vodećih svetskih enologa i jedan od kreatora crvenog vina « Bela Voda 2010″.

(Filip Kambi)

- « Tikveš » vina predstavljaju zaista prijatno iznenađenje, pa je i rad na stvaranju linije teroar vina među kojima je i « Bela Voda 2010″, za mene bio veliko zadovoljstvo i jedinstveno iskustvo. Ono što me inspiriše i čemu sam posvetio čitav svoj život je pronalaženje lokalnih, autohtonih sorti iz kojih se trudim da izvučem najbolje karakteristike podneblja kako bi stvorio vina svetskog kvaliteta. Zahvaljujući upotrebi inovativnih tehnologija, ovo vino u sebi sadrži sve karakteristike podneblja Bela Voda sa kog dolazi – izjavio je Filip Kambi.

Kapljica koja donosi sreću

Crveno Vino « Bela Voda 2010″ je jedinstvena kupaža sorti vranac (30%) i plavac (70%) i mali deo je nedavno lansirane linije ekskluzivnih teroar (terroir) vina . Proizvedeno je u limitiranoj seriji od 16.000 boca, a osim Srbije i Makedonije, plasirano je i na tržište SAD.

Kako nam je rekao generalni direktor « Tikveša » za Srbiju Aleksandar Kokir ovo vino i dobra ocena , otvorili su vinariji vrata ka tržištu SAD.

Distribucija ovog vina u Srbiji ograničena je na odabrane ugostiteljske objekte, vinoteke i vinske barove, mesta u kojima se, prema rečima Kokira, « vino najbolje i služi ».

(Aleksandar Kokir i glavni enolog Marko Stojaković)

Naziv « Bela voda », ova crvena kupaža, dobila je po nazivu lokaliteta-vinograda iz kojih potiče.

Najbrže rastuća vinarija

Generalni direktor za Srbiju kaže da je Tikveš najbrže rastuća vinarija u našoj zemlji. Trenudno zauzima četvrto mesto po tržišnom učešću, odmah iza tri domaća proizvođača. Time je i prva najveća « strana » vinarija u Srbiji.

Na pitanje kako je otvaranje sve većeg broja vinarija u Srbiji, tokom poslednjih nekoliko godina, uticalo na poslovanje « Tikveša », Aleksandar Kokir za « eKapiju » kaže:

- I pored toga mi rastemo. Prodaja « Tikveša » porasla je čak 80%. To su uglavnom manje vinarije koje nemaju kapacitet za veću proizvodnju i onda te kuće moraju da se takmiče višim cenama svojih vina. To na duži period nije održivo.

Jelena Đelić


NEW VERY GOOD WHITE in MACEDONIA

Bela Voda white

The Mediterranean climate and specific clay soils in the Bela Voda vineyards make this wine unique and sophisticated. Philippe Cambie has perfectly blended Belan and Chardonnay into this long-lasting wine characterized by gentle scents of white flower and melon together with aromas from the French barriques, giving it notes of butter, vanilla and hazelnut.

 

It is served at a temperature of 10-12°C / 50-53,6°F and is best enjoyed with sea bass, gilthead sea bream, chicken with vegetables or veal in mushroom sauce.

 

Barovo white

The unique clash of Mediterranean and Continental climates in the region of Barovo, at an altitude of 700 m, accompanied by specific soil conditions are catalysts for the creation of this refined terroir wine. Barovo white is a long lasting wine with a fresh scent from the start that develops into an aroma of honey and truffles over the years. Philppe Cambie has perfectly blended Belan and Chardonnay into this golden yellow wine, full in flavor and aromas of peach, pear, mango, white flower and acacia.

 

It is served at a temperature of 10-12°C / 50-53,6°F and enjoyed best when paired with sea bass, plaice, tuna, prosciutto or veal in mushrooms sauce.