A Macedonian in London
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