Monday, November 25, 2019
Peninsula Wine Bar: Dingač, Postup & The Bura-Mrgudić Winery
This region, where 80% of their wines are red, is also famed as one of the best regions to grow Plavac Mali, the most commonly grown red grape in Croatia. Back in 1961, Plavac Mali was the first Croatian grape to have its own appellation, Dingač, located on the Pelješac peninsula. A Dingač wine must be 100% Plavac Mali, from vineyards the winery owns, and the wines must be submitted to the controlling authority for approval. The vineyards in Dingač are generally on steep, south-facing slopes. Also on Pelješac, Postup was its second appellation, created in 1967, and it too concentrates on Plavac Mali.
Peninsula Wine Bar, owned by the Bura-Mrgudić Winery and located in Donja Banda, to taste some of the local wines. Open to the public, you can taste over 60 different wines from Pelješac and the island of Korčula, as well as olive oil, homemade liqueurs and spirits, Croatian cheeses and meats. The participating wineries are generally, small, family-owned operations. The wine bar is a small and comfy spot, but with plenty of intriguing wines, and we enjoyed a number of diverse wines during our tasting. It's a fine spot to sample some of the best of the region.
2018 Antunovic Rukatac is produced by a winery which was founded in 1994, though the family has a multigenerational history of winemaking. They currently own about 7 hectares of vineyards, growing Plavac Mali, Rukatac, and Pošip. With a 12% ABV, this wine had a pleasing nose of melon and white flowers. On the palate, it was fresh and crisp, with a tasty blend of citrus flavors, especially lemon and lime. It was an easy-drinking wine that would be perfect for the summer or with seafood. I've really come to enjoy the Rukatac grape.
For the 2015 Benmosche Family Zinfandel, Benmosche imported some vines from a California nursery, but also had some very old vines of Croatian Zinfandel, aka Tribidag. At 15% ABV, this was a less bold wine, more elegant, with tasty plum and black cherry notes, mild spice hints, and well restrained tannins. Complex and interesting, there is also a freshness to this wine.