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2006 Roxanich “Merlot” – Merlot

by Gogo on June 28, 2010

in All wines,EatIstria Vino

Definitely the biggest surprise in Roxanich winery. Already a sniff was enough to tell me this red differs from dominant non-fruity style of Istrian reds.

2006 Roxanich "Merlot" - Merlot

In comparison to other Mladen Rožanić’s reds (Cabernet Sauvignon and Superistrian cuvée) its main quality is stylistic simplicity and precision. It tells me that Mladen knew what wine he wants to create – a Merlot that takes the right bank of Bordeaux as inspiration. But this wine has more to offer, in fact less. Thanks to organic approach in winemaking it contains less than 20 mg/L of sulphur dioxide (SO2), a number so incredibly small that there’s no chance for a hangover the day after. Many modern enologists would say it’s not possible to preserve wine with such low concentration but the fact speaks for itself, we tried a bottle from 2006 and it was in perfect health.

Ruby red with red brown reflections. The nose is not vegetal as most Merlots from Istria and north of Italy, plenty of red flowers like rose hip and poppy flowers, cherry liqueur, notes of graphite and leather create a nice chiaroscuro feeling. Not so intense as I expected.

On the other hand in the mouth it explodes, very fruity and intense! I thought fruitiness does not exist in Istrian red wines. Now the juicy, dark fruits come in action – blueberry are clearly there, mulberry and blue plum in the background. Dry, warm, long persistence in the mouth, closes elegantly, alcohols are perfectly balanced. Tannins are still young which together with excellent acids promises a bright future of this wine. It’s impressive how this wine manages to be energetic and fun in the mouth, it has intense taste but not there are no flavors that you get bored of quickly, it constantly challenges your senses and you are eager to discover more and more.

Fiorentina prepared on my favorite grill panRump steak tagliata with rocket and parmesan

Its tannins and makes it a perfect match with fillet steak, woodfire grilled fiorentina, rump steak tagliata with rocket and parmiggiano, mature goat or sheep cheese.

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wineandfood4u June 30, 2010 at 10:46

dobar, ali trebao bi koštati manje. ne sjećam se točno ali mislim da smo već pričali o njegovim merlotima…
prst gore za malo sumpora! 🙂


Gogo July 1, 2010 at 11:37

zbilja je preskup, mislim da kod njega u podrumu košta preko 150 kuna. pohvale što je uspio napraviti svjetski merlot u istarskom terroiru, to je ono najinteresantnije. nadam se da će i drugi krenuti u tom smjeru jer merlota u Istri ima puno ali je kvaliteta očajna – najčešće imaju previše alkohola, premalo kiselina i tijela da to izdrži, nikakve mirise


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