R5 is one of the most unique Bibich wines. Very much a cellar cuvee (%15 of the 2010 is blended into this bottling) it is also echoes back to a time prior to the advent of stainless steel and refrigeration - building oxidation into the wine rather than having a wine oxidize. The native Debit, Pošip, Maraština dominate the blend, but the exact content and proportions vary.
Vinified in new and used American Oak oxidatively for a year, it is typified by aromas of browned butter, hazelnut and Mediterranean herbs. Despite the sherry like aromatics, it’s remarkably bright and integrates seamlessly with the spicy oak.
Food pairing: Briny Brodetto, deeply seasoned poultry.
|Grape variety||Pošip, Debit, Maraština, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris|
|Serving temp.||10-12 ºC|
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.