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Kutjevo Cellars, ‘De Gotho’ Graševina 2018
The city of Kutjevo is located in the heart of Slavonia, Croatia. Winemaking has gone on here for centuries, revolving around the variety Graševina. This grape goes by a myriad of names regionally including (but not limited to) Welschriesling, Italian Riesling, Olaszriezling, Grašac, Rizling Vlašský, and Laški Rizling.
The grape suffers from a bad reputation. During the socialist times in the region, Graševina was made into thin, simple, acidic wines. Modern producers are working hard to change this image.
The biggest producer of Graševina in Croatia is Kutjevo Cellars, which was founded by Cistercian monks in the 13th century. They have some of the best vineyards in the region and produce Graševina at all quality levels. Most of these wines outperform their price points, including the ‘De Gotho’ range.
The Kutjevo Cellars, ‘De Gotho’ Graševina 2018 is a dry, late-harvest wine. It’s left on the skins for 24 hours and part of the cuvée was barrel fermented and left in wood for six months. This is the premium line of Kutjevo Cellars and it’s the best vintage of this wine I’ve tasted.
This is a big white wine with notes of mango, pineapple, grass, and white pepper. The wine is weighty, full, and creamy on the palate. It has a long, mineral finish. The alcohol creeps up a tad but doesn’t detract from the enjoyment. This is much more serious than the price suggests.
Score: 90+/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the WINE RATING page.)
* This wine recently received a Platinum medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
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