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The Balkan Wine Project: Winery Milijan Jelic and Stobi Winery


There are several wines from the Balkan Wine Project featured at MacArthur Beverages.  I was already familiar with Stobi Winery in the Republic of Macedonia so I grabbed the latest vintage of the indigenous Vranec.  At $10 this is a well made wine which should appeal to many.  This particular bottling of Vranec sports black fruit but is made in a modern style with tame tannins.  I would give it a bit of air before drinking.

Winery Milijan Jelic was a new winery for me.  Founded one decade ago the winery farms some 20 hectares of vines much of which are international varietals like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Merlot.  However there are some indigenous varietals including Morava.   This varietal was created by Dr. Petar Cindic and Dr. Vlada Kovac of Novi Sad University and is less susceptible to cold temperatures.  The vineyards in the Valjevo experience low temperatures almost down to -30 C.  With this new Morava varietals no treatments are required to protect it.  To give you a sense of how new this is the first commercially released wine was from the 2005 vintage.  Today Winery Milijan Jelic is unique in that is produces wine from some 10 hectares.  Many thanks to Dragana Milosavljevic for answering my questions.  This is the more interesting and expensive of the two bottles.  It drank well over five nights (there are so many wines to taste these days) so I would buy two bottles: one to serve blind to your friends and another to try in a year or two.  To find these wines check out the newly added Other Regions page at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Winery Milijan Jelic, Morava, Pocerina, Serbia – $24
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is 100% Morava which was matured in stainless steel tank.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The color is a very light copper straw.  The light to medium strength nose steps out with Muscat, tea, floral, and ripe fruit aromas.  It remains strong after several days.  The mouth follows the nose but is a bit fuller.  There is lively fruit on the tongue from the acidity then drier flavors in the finish where there are chalky minerals.  The long aftertaste brings more dried herbs with air.  There is a lot of presence.  *** Now-2017.

2011 Stobi Winery, Vranec, Traditional, Tikves, Republic of Macedonia – $10
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is 100% Vranec which was aged for eight months in 1,000 and 2,500 L French oak casks.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color is a medium purple cherry.  The nose is light with a little vanilla cream and holiday-spiced berries.  In the mouth the wine is a touch smooth with high-toned black fruit and some concentration towards the finish.  There is acidity, focused flavors, and a delicate powdery flavor.  With air some tartness develops.  This well made wine tasted young and modern.  ** Now-2017.

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