Kutjevo, southern slopes of Krndija, Rosenberg vineyards at elevations between 240 and 300 masl – Chardonnay grapes, rated as quality wine with AOC, dry, 14.0 % of alcohol by volume, unfiltered, 0.75 litres.
The wine is ranked among the top quality products of Krauthaker vinery. Complex, with plenty of freshness and fruity aromas supported by spice overtones, albeit measured and exquisitely pronounced. Matured substantially in oak – barrique is used precisely to achieve the greater complexity – and partly in stainless steel vats to preserve the freshness and fruitiness. It is of brighter, vibrant straw-yellow colour with gentle greenish hue, (at first) relatively discrete on the nose, bouquet hinting at white home-grown drupes and a trace of citruses intertwined with threads of vanilla and lemon peel, a touch of wood and smoke. Proves very vibrant on the palate, with good acidity combined with entirely mild delectability, nicely creamy and rounded, warm, with solid body and fruity and vibrant finish lasting considerably, retro-nasal with a nuance of smoke. The wine may still mature successfully.
Food pairing: roast veal, veal and/or lamb roasted under a baking lid.
Vlado Krauthaker, BE Agronomy and oenologist, owner of Krauthaker Vineyards and Winery, contributes to rich winegrowing and winemaking tradition of Kutjevo region. At the time of its founding, the winery owned 1 hectare of vineyards, however by 2010, the winery became owner of 32 hectares of vineyards. The winery operates additional 68 hectares of third party owned vineyards.
A particular attention is paid to indigenous Welschriesling variety – Graševina, which is frequently awarded gold medals at fairs and wine exhibitions. We would like to emphasize environmentally friendly winegrowing and constant quality as a major principle of our production. As particular climate and suitability of the Welschriesling varieties are fully employed, Krauthaker winery frequently produces predicate wines – spätlese and auslese wines as well as dried berries auslese wines.
Apart from the exceptional Graševina (Welschriesling) we also nurture superior wines of other grape varieties: Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Zelenac, Merlot and Pinot Noir, which have all met good response at wine competitions. Quality and success of our wines is best described by numerous medals received at globally renowned wine competitions and tastings. We would like to single out the golden medals awarded to Graševina in Bordeaux, London and Burgundy as the favourite ones.
At the Wine World Awards 2010 competition held by the Decanter magazine during London Wine Fair, we were awarded two silver medals, one bronze and four recommendations. The silver medals were awarded to Zelenac Kutjevo 2009, beerenauslese (BA) and Zelenac Kutjevo 2008, trockenbeerenauslese (TBA). The bronze medal was awarded to Graševina Mitrovac 2009, while Sauvignon 2009, Riesling 2009, Graševina Pomale 2009 and Graševina 2009, beerenauslese were awarded the recommendations.