Oddly, I can't find much information on this winery anywhere. It's located in the town of Daruvar in the east Croatian region of Slavonia. The climate is continental and there are geothermal springs here that make the town a tourist destination. Grasevina is a very productive grape variety. Back when they were under the Soviet yoke Grasevina was over produced and and watered down into a characterless cheap wine, like much else. Now, using green harvesting and aggressively controlling yields wines like this are starting to really show what the Grasevina grape can do.
The first thing I notice is that the Daruvar Grasevina has a particularly deep and golden color (at least for a young white wine). Actually, the first thing is what a tall and thin bottle it comes in!
Aroma: The first aroma of the Grasevina that hits my nose is a fresh light ginger smell; not cooked or candied and not too overpowering, but a nice prickly little ginger. The defining aromas are of white flowers, lemon zest, and white grape. Yes, I'm describing a wine as smelling like white grapes, it happens sometimes. There's also a seductive fresh hay smell that you notice after you get around the lemon and grapes. And then just as you think you're done smelling it I smell fresh butter: really nice fresh creamy butter. The aroma isn't very powerful, but it has plenty going on and is really nice!
Taste: Hmmm, there's a really cool, tasty, and familiar fruit right up front that's hard to pin down. Really fresh champagne mango; that's shat I'm going with. It's bright and there's nice acidity, but the fruit is pretty rich, plus the wine has a good full mouth filling texture. After the fresh fruit up front the taste transitions into more racy qualities with a slightly pithy puckery lip smacking chewy quality. And then, surprisingly, the finish goes back to fresh not totally ripe champagne mango and that beautiful fruit with a hint of meatiness.
This is a really tasty interesting white that has the body and stuffing to stand up to serious food. Food like baked chicken, roast haddock, halibut, even sword fish, and......turkey. Yeah, I said it. Available by the glass at Henry and Marty's and retail at Oh No Cafe, Rosemont on Munjoy hill, RSVP, and Aurora Provisions for $14.99