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Chardonnay in Serbia
Serbia is just rediscovering its wine culture but there are already many bright spots in the country. Like most states coming out of socialism or communism, Serbia has considerable plantings of the usual suspects in the wine world – namely Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
Wine geeks like us are usually more excited about indigenous varieties, and Serbia has a very good one in Prokupac. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the high quality of Chardonnay based white wines in the country. There are already a number of standout examples being made. Good examples of Chardonnay come from Aleksandrović, Belo Brdo, Bijelica, Janko, Lastar, Matalj, and Radovanović.
Chardonnay in Serbia has ripe flavors without being overly explosive. The grapes retain acidity that makes the wines tangy. While many producers use French oak to fermented and mature their wines, Slavonian and Serbian oak do well with Chardonnay also. There are many examples in Serbia that are over oaked but some wines are fantastic, like this one from Erdevik.
Erdevik Omnibus Lector Chardonnay 2015
Erdevik Winery is a new renovation project based in the village of the same name. Erdevik is nestled on the western slopes of the Fruška Gora hill in North Serbia. During socialist times, Erdevik was a state-run cooperative where large quantities of inexpensive, bulk wine were made. Many of the old barrels and huge tanks are still on the property but not in use. This is a new era and Erdevik is now focused on making quality wines.
The Omnibus Lector 2015 is Erdevik’s first attempt at barrel-fermented Chardonnay. It was fermented in a combination of 500 L barrels and large casks of various sizes. Soft vanilla, melon, peach, kiwi, and lemon flavors persist. This wine is viscous on the palate but not buttery. It’s round and tangy with a long finish. The Omnibus Lector is well-balanced and will only improve with a few years of bottle age.
4.1/5 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the START HERE page.)
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