Clai Ottocento red (2012)

Clai Ottocento red (2012)

Brand:Clai
Product Code:CLA-03
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One of Clai's most important wines. It's a blend of  Refosk which gives a nice color with purple hues, Cabernet Sauvignon which gives strenght and Merlot which gives softness. Bright cherry fruit and a bit of smoke on the nose and very fruity. Intense range of undergrowth, humus, leather, licorice and a hint mineral. The palate is all floral, with a strong scent of rose petals and violet with some crushed berries and delicate aromas of vanilla in the background. Although powerful, this wine is elegant., The finsih is very long with lots of character. It has huge cellar potential.

Food pairing: Fish roasted or baked, game, if chilled it goes well with oysters!.

Grape variety Refosco, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Residual sugar dry
Alcohol 14,5%
Size 0,75L
Serving temp. 16-18 ºC
   
   

 

Giorgio Clai


Every Istrian winemaker will agree, Giorgio Clai is the most passionate winemaker on the peninsula, whose wines can be found in top restaurants of New York and San Francisco. “I’m making wine in the vineyard, not in the winery!” he will proudly tell you and continue with the story how it is important to know each vine in the vineyard because, depending on its position, you need to prune it differently.
Today, the estate spans 7 h of vines and 3 h of olive trees spread out over 3 sites. Plavina, Moscato, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are planted for whites, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Refosco for red. Two of the sites are walking distance from the Clai household; here, the heavy clay soils are surrounded by foothills and mountains, and produce the  Ottocento bijeli (white) and Ottocento Crni (red). Vines are 10 to 16 years old, all planted/replanted by Giorgio himself. 4 km from Krasica, the vineyard Sveti Jakov is home to Giorgio's oldest vines and most unique terroir. Here, the site's proximity to the Adriatic heavily influences the vines, resulting in a much more mineral, saline style of wine. Both a Sveti Jakov bijeli and crni are produced.

Giorgio follows the principles of biodynamic viticulture, so his wines are made from organic grapes without the addition of selected yeasts and with minimum amount of sulphur. Wines from white grape varieties are produced in a traditional manner, leaving the skins in contact with the must during the fermentation. In that way only indigenous yeasts are contributing to the aroma and flavour of a particular wine (so called “orange” or skin-contact wine), leaving a strong imprint of the terroir. All his wines have the beauty of a masterpiece that is hard to describe but very easy to drink, even if they are high in alcohol. You can taste Sv. Jakov made from pure Istrian Malvasia, white blend Ottocento bijelo and red blend Ottocento crno. If you are lucky enough, you will taste Brombonero directly from the barrell – a BIG red made from Refošk grapes only when the vintage is superb.

 

Every Istrian winemaker will agree, Giorgio Clai is the most passionate winemaker on the peninsula, whose wines can be found in top restaurants of New York and San Francisco. “I’m making wine in the vineyard, not in the winery!” he will proudly tell you and continue with the story how it is important to know each vine in the vineyard because, depending on its position, you need to prune it differently.

Today, the estate spans 7 h of vines and 3 h of olive trees spread out over 3 sites. Plavina, Moscato, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are planted for whites, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Refosco for red. Two of the sites are walking distance from the Clai household; here, the heavy clay soils are surrounded by foothills and mountains, and produce the  Ottocento bijeli (white) and Ottocento Crni (red). Vines are 10 to 16 years old, all planted/replanted by Giorgio himself. 4 km from Krasica, the vineyard Sveti Jakov is home to Giorgio's oldest vines and most unique terroir. Here, the site's proximity to the Adriatic heavily influences the vines, resulting in a much more mineral, saline style of wine.

Giorgio follows the principles of biodynamic viticulture, so his wines are made from organic grapes without the addition of selected yeasts and with minimum amount of sulphur. Wines from white grape varieties are produced in a traditional manner, leaving the skins in contact with the must during the fermentation. In that way only indigenous yeasts are contributing to the aroma and flavour of a particular wine (so called “orange” or skin-contact wine), leaving a strong imprint of the terroir. All his wines have the beauty of a masterpiece that is hard to describe but very easy to drink, even if they are high in alcohol. You can taste Sv. Jakov made from pure Istrian Malvasia, white blend Ottocento bijelo and red blend Ottocento crno. If you are lucky enough, you will taste Brombonero directly from the barrell – a BIG red made from Refošk grapes only when the vintage is superb.

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