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Rounding Up The Usual Suspects - Tasting Notes - Part II

Written on 28-06-2015 by Jelena Bulum, Zagreb, Croatia

A magnum bottle No. 400 - 2011 Veliki Plavac Mali by Tomić winery, Hvar, Dalmatia


Event: Dalmacija Wine Expo 2015 (Wine and Food Festival)

Audience: Wine lovers & Wine explorers

Date: 24-25 April 2015

Venue: Radisson Blue Hotel, Split, Croatia

Organizer: Dalmacija Wine Expo Team (For more details check this link)


In the second part of my report on Dalmacija Wine Expo I will share with you the tasting notes of 4 wine labels as reviewed by Dušan Jelić, founder and director at the Wines of Balkans. Dušan is a real wine hedonist and I wish I could bring his genuine passion for wine closer to you in this report. Due to the time shortage we picked only the most popular labels and I feel a bit frustrated we didn’t have time to search for those hidden gems, which by their nature are always harder to find. Thanks to Dušan’s reviews on the spot I composed 4 wine vignettes, which might bring you joy in reading and subsequent tasting.


If you expect me to come up with some music association to accompany this wine tasting report I might disappoint you because my recommendation would be of a different nature. This time my inspiration was an old black and white movie which is easily recognized by its first lines:

With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas. Lisbon became the great embarkation point. But, not everybody could get to Lisbon directly [...] the fortunate ones through money, or influence, or luck, might obtain exit visas and scurry to Lisbon; and from Lisbon, to the New World. But the others wait in Casablanca... and wait... and wait... and wait.


By now you probably guessed it’s about Casablanca, a movie by Michael Curtiz from 1942 but still with a great potential for ageing. I would strongly recommend watching this movie with a glass of wine. You won’t regret if you pick one from our list of 'the usual suspects rounded up' at DWE.



Vintage: 2011

Varietal composition: 50% Babić, 50% Plavac mali

Grape sourcing: the regions of Primošten and Dingač

Alcohol content: 14.5%

Tasting notes: The colour of wine is dark red to brick red. It is very intriguing on the nose with a berry like scent. It is a blend of two very distinct terroirs and grapes. Well structured and balanced with good acidity. The wine was bottled in November 2014 which means it successfully got through the period of bottle shock. Though it won’t be released before November you can enjoy it right now if you should come upon it.


BOLFAN VINSKI VRH   Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2013

Varietal composition: Sauvignon Blanc

Grape sourcing: Zagorje - Međimurje (northern part of Croatia)

Alcohol: 12.5%

At first glance it seems a New World wine with intensive notes of grapefruit, lemon and gooseberry. Everything in this wine is a matter of being pure, precise and focused. It is a harmonious wine with fully integrated flavours. You can enjoy it either as a no-food wine or as a drink to go with food, especially lighter food such as fruit salad, sushi or white meat.



Vintage: 2013

Varietal composition: Riesling

Grape sourcing: Zagorje - Međimurje (northern part of Croatia)

Alcohol: 11.5%

This is great interpretation of Riesling with a gentle kiss of petrol aromas. Though petrol aromas are generally associated with aged wine this Riesling is a young wine. The secondary notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit make this wine an explosion of tastes and flavours. Best enjoyed with the first days of autumn.


TOMIĆ   Veliki Plavac Mali

Vintage: 2011

Varietal composition: Plavac Mali

Grape sourcing: Island of Hvar

Alcohol: 15%

On the nose it is typical representative of Plavac mali with aromas of dried plum and dried fig and black berries. Alcohol is high but well integrated. The wine is very well structured with a huge energy that will be gradually releasing with ageing. Tomić’s Plavac is a great exponent of Plavac Mali showing the great synergy between weather conditions in Dalmatia and this grape variety. It’s no surprise that Plavac Mali makes a perfect match with the Dalmatian wine story.



Wallis, H. (Producer) & Curtiz, M. (Director) (1942). Casablanca [Motion Picture]. United States:  Warner Brothers.