Compared to other Mladen Rožanić’s reds (Cabernet Sauvignon and Superistrian cuvée) its main quality is stylistic simplicity and precision. It tells me that Mladen knew what wine he wants to create – a Merlot that takes the right bank of Bordeaux as inspiration. But this wine has more to offer, in fact less. Thanks to organic approach in winemaking it contains less than 20 mg/L of sulphur dioxide (SO2), a number so incredibly small that there’s no chance for a hangover the day after. Many modern enologists would say it’s not possible to preserve wine with such low concentration but the fact speaks for itself, we tried a bottle from 2006 and it was in perfect health. Ruby red with red brown reflections. The nose is not vegetal as most Merlots from Istria and north of Italy, plenty of red flowers like rose hip and poppy flowers, cherry liqueur, notes of graphite and leather create a nice chiaroscuro feeling. Not so intense as I expected. On the other hand in the mouth it explodes, very fruity and intense! I thought fruitiness does not exist in Istrian red wines. Now the juicy, dark fruits come in action – blueberry are clearly there, mulberry and blue plum in the background. Dry, warm, long persistence in the mouth, closes elegantly, alcohols are perfectly balanced. Tannins are still young which together with excellent acids promises a bright future of this wine. It’s impressive how this wine manages to be energetic and fun in the mouth, it has intense taste but not there are no flavors that you get bored of quickly, it constantly challenges your senses and you are eager to discover more and more...
Food pairing: Red meat and game. Due to strong flavour it pairs well with spicy sauces.
|Serving temp.||18-20 ºC|
With a lifetime’s love of great wine, particularly the wines of the Rhône Valley, as well as a passion for the terroir of his native Istria, Mladen Rožanić searched for a long time to find the right terrain on which to plant his vines according to the extensive knowledge he had acquired as he travelled and learned from great winegrowers around the world.
Subsequently 26 hectares of vineyards were planted over a four-year period in west Istria near Višnjan, an ideal region for Mladen’s purposes, thanks to its superb climactic and geological conditions.
Roxanich produces natural wines from both indigenous and internationally recognised grape varieties all in line with the highest ecological standards, cultivating the grapes using traditional methods with crop control and minimum intervention. In the winery, mechanical and chemical intervention is excluded. Grapes are stored in specially shaped barrels, aged wooden vats of 55 to 75 hl capacity, where maceration and fermentation take place. After pressing and first decanting, the wine is re-stored in these same vats as well as 38 hl casks where it is kept to age for three years.
These wines are characterised by long skin contact which varies from vintage to vintage – 4 to 6 weeks for the reds, and for the whites from 8 days for the Chardonnay up to 174 days for both Malvazija Antica and the brand new cuvée ‘Ines in White’ named after Mladen’s wife Ines. Rich aromas, extraordinary colours and full-bodied flavours give these wines their truly unique personalities.
From the first 2005 vintages that came out of the cellar in 2008, Roxanich’s natural wines have been enjoying wide success worldwide.