Alen farms an old vineyard of goblet pruned Grenache in Nadin near the seaside city of Zadar. Heavily inspired by the Rhône, the 2010 Grenache is surprisingly pale, brickish in color, medium bodied, and equal parts savory and fruity.
Fermented with native yeast and aged in neutral used French oak for a year, it is evolved even its youth. Dry, mineral and filed with aromas of peppery Mediterranean herbs akin to the French “garrigue” but with that briny Croatian touch. And much like the Rhône, olive trees abound among the vines.
Food pairing: spit roast meats dressed with olive oil, garlic and Herbs de Provence.
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Alen Bibić's mission is to bring the wines of Skradin to international prominence. By doing so, he hopes to sustain the long tradition of the indigenous white Debit and red Zinfandel relatives Babic, Plavina and Lasin unique to his home. Alen also has a taste for Grenache and Shiraz, of which he makes surprisingly Rhone-ish examples. Despite the quality of his wines and the acclaim they have received, Alen believes that the surface is just being scratched.