If you want an introduction to Bosnian wine, the first name you need to learn is Josip Brkić. He was one of the first to really champion native Bosnian grapes such as Blatina and Žilavka. Brkić is also working hard to put the Mostar appellation on the map by converting his vineyards to biodynamics and utilizing Bosnian oak, practices he encourages other local producers to adopt.
Often compared to white Burgundy Greda has both richness and density without high alcohol. Complex and fruity the wine ends with a distinctive savory smoky finish. Its depth of flavor and low alcohol make it an easy foil to a wide range of flavors and cuisines. Brkić has crafted a multi-layered wine here with apple spice, herbal and savory notes, and a Chassagne-Montrachet almond-like quality.
FOR THE WINE GEEKS
- WINERY: Brkić
- COUNTRY: Bosnia and Herzegovina
- APPELLATION: Mostar Region, Middle Neretva
- TYPE OF WINE: Dry white wine
- VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Žilavka (Zhee-lav-ka)
- PRODUCTION: Natural & Biodynamic
- SOIL: Limestone
- MACERATION & AGING: 9 hours maceration, sur-lie, natural yeast, 24 months in Slavonian oak
- VINTAGE: 2015
- ALCOHOL: 13.5%
- PRODUCTION: 3000 bottles
- 0.75 l
- Contains sulfites