Komarna region, visible from the Rizman Winery Rest Stop, you'll find the new winery of Terra Madre. The winery has a scenic view, looking out toward the Adriatic Sea and the Pelješac peninsula. Like the other members of the K7 Cooperative, their vineyards are organic, the soils are rocky with lots of limestone, and many of the vineyards are on steep slopes.
The 2017 Terra Madre Pošip Sur Lie is aged on its lees for about 6 months in new oak barrels, though the next vintage will use one-year old oak. It has been blended with 50% fresh Pošip Premium, has a 13% ABV, and definitely presents a different flavor profile. The oak is noticeable on the nose, and on the palate, there is a more complex taste, with flavors of toast, vanilla, and citrus. It was an interesting wine, though I preferred the fresh Pošip.
The 2015 Terra Madre Plavac Mali Barrique, with a 14% ABV, was aged for about one year in used oak. It was easy drinking, with dominant spicy notes, flavors of black fruit and a little red cherry. This wine would pair well with burgers and lamb, hearty dishes and grilled meats.
The 2016 Terra Madre Plavac Mali Premium, with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, a 14% ABV and which spent 12 months in oak, was a bigger and bolder wine. It wasn't too tannic, with rich, sweet black fruit flavors, a bit less spice, and more complexity than the barrique. This is more of steak wine, and should age well. We also got to taste the 2017 Premium, which hasn't been bottled yet and they are unsure when it will be ready to be released. It was much bigger and more tannic, and certainly needs more time to develop before release. It has potential so will be fascinating to taste it once it is finally released.
The last wine we tasted was their "best wine," the 2011 Plavac Mali, and they only have about 400 bottles remaining in their archive. It is from their first harvest, has a 15.6% ABV, and an inky black color. The wine was well preserved, with notes of black cherry and dark spice, the tannins firm and well integrated, and a silkiness to its taste. Definitely a winner.