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Feravino, ‘Miraz’ Cuvée & Syrah 2017
Slavonia is known around the world for its famed oak, but there’s much more to this region. There’s a long history of wine production here. The Cistercian monks started planting grapes in Slavonia in the 13th century.
Concerning Croatian wines, Dalmatia has long been the region for big reds thanks to its Mediterranean climate. The continental region of Slavonia has historically been a white wine region, with Graševina leading the way. Today, that’s changing. There are some delicious reds that offer tremendous value for money.
Feravino is a young estate in Slavonia that focuses on red wine production. Their ‘Miraz’ line represents the finest wines in the cellar. I usually tend to favor their ‘Miraz Cuvée’ which is a blend of Frankovka (Blaufränkisch), Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. The 2017 is another good vintage of this wine and it’s a great direction for Slavonian reds in my opinion. However, the most impressive of the 2017 ‘Miraz’ lineup is the Feravino ‘Miraz’ Syrah.
The Feravino, ‘Miraz’ Cuvée is a blend of Frankovka, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc aged in Slavonian oak. This is full-bodied but not overripe or overdone. Notes of black cherry, plum, tobacco, and graphite. The front is round and fruity and the back end has structure and chewy tannins. This is a good direction for Slavonian reds. It’s a good, honest red that isn’t stripped down. It should age nicely in the medium term (10 years).
The Feravino, ‘Miraz’ Syrah is a ripe wine aged in Slavonian oak. It’s more of a European-style Syrah, not a big fruity Shiraz. There are notes of blackberry, blueberry, cedar, and black pepper. This is full-bodied with some slight floral notes on the back end. The tannins sneak up on the finish, giving just a little grip. This red should be great with the local, spicy sausage known as Slavonski Kulen.
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The Feravino ‘Miraz’ Syrah & ‘Miraz’ Cuvée are currently not available in the USA but you can use our discount code on Croatian Wines Available in the USA.
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