Slovenia’s Puklavec Red & White Wines on Offer at Waitrose

This weekend (and I’m not sure how long for) Waitrose has reduced the price of Slovenia’s Puklavec’s wines. On offer is the vineyard’s full-bodied and gloriously fruity Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend, as well as their citrusy and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Wines are reduced from £8.99 to £6.74.

Slovenia's Puklavec Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Slovenia’s Puklavec Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

It’s just a pity the King’s Road store in South West London mixed up the bottles and put the white with the reds, and the red with the white!

Slovenia's Puklavec Sauvignon Blanc
Slovenia’s Puklavec Sauvignon Blanc

I’m going to enjoy the red with some veal schnitzel (recipe here) and imagine sitting overlooking the spectacular Julian Alps; and the red with some mussels (recipe here) and pretend I’m sat on the glorious Adriatic in the idyllic seaside town of Piran.

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Wine of the Week: Eva’s Vineyard Merlot / Kékfrankos 2007

Eva' VineyardImagine my surprise when on my way to see friends at a dinner party when checking out the Waitrose wine shelves to find them now stocking Eva’s Vineyard Merlot / Kékfrankos (an indigenous grape) 2007 from the Szekzard region in Hungary. Now I knew Waitrose stocked Eva’s Vineyard Chenin Blanc / Pinot Grigio / Királyleányka 2009 from the Neszmély region but here was a hearty red perfect for those dark, cold, winter nights.

This is a warm, ripe, ruby red wine and a perfect accompaniment to porkolt or goulash.  And it’s screw cap!  But if you can believe it, that’s not the best bit? The best bit is that this fabulous bottle of wine costs just £3.79! What an absolute steal!

What you need to know:
Price per bottle: £3.79
Alcohol by volume: 12.5% vol
Bottle size: 75cl
Closure type: Screwcap
Exclusive to Waitrose: Yes
Grape varieties: Merlot / Kékfrankos
Region: Other Countries
Style: Medium Bodied
Wine colour: Red

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De Georgiis – Jurjević Vina – Croatia

Jurjevic VinaWhile at the London International Wine Festival I was privileged to meet the family and team behind the Jurjević (De Georgiis) vineyards.  The Jurjević (De Georgiis) family wine story is quite unusual and not based on century-old traditions.  It begins in 2001, as a continuation of the Silba inhabitants’ work and traditions.  By merging the old and the new the family’s goal is to make high-quality wines by the sea of pristine silence and wooded vegetation on the island of Silba.

The process begins in the vineyards, where the grapes are carefully nourished in order to preserve their best qualities.  Everything is done manually, from preparing the terrain, pulling up weeds, digging, planting, spraying, to grape harvesting and pressing in clear ecological conditions, in accordance with world ecological standards.

The family produces bottles of chardonnay, posip, merlot and syrah and I was lucky enough to sample these last week.  The latter was my favourite wine, not simply of the Croatian offerings but the entire festival.  The Syrah was bottled in 2009 so it is still quite young. Although you could age it, it was already simply a divine bottle of wine as it currently stands.  It’s not the richest red colour, but it is bright, with heady, fresh, fruity notes.  The taste was ripe, smooth and enticing.  After one sip I was hooked!

The family land also boasts incredible olive trees, from which they make delicious extra virgin olive oil.  If you happen to be sailing in the region, moor at one of the 20 moorings owned by the family in the Draga Bay and pop into their restaurant to enjoy some homemade food.  Each dish is baked in an iron oven or grilled.  No doubt the cevapi served with ajvar is delightful!

Contact Information

Damir Jurjević

Jurjević Vina, Bože Peričića 14, 23000 Zadar, Croatia

Tel: 00 385 99 810 3010

www.jurjevicvina.hr

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