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Stina, Plavac Mali Majstor 2016
Stina is one of our favorite Croatian wine producers. Located in Southern Dalmatia, the winery occupies the abandoned cooperative on the island of Brač. Stina works with indigenous grapes – Vugava and Pošip for the white wines and Plavac Mali for the reds.
The Stina 2016 Plavac Mali Majstor is the first vintage that contains fruit from their new, jaw-dropping vineyard. That vineyard graces the cover of our book Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor-Friendly Guide. You can take a look at the terraces and impossibly steep slopes in the video above (9:32).
The Stina Plavac Mali Majstor is made of fruit from the virgin harvest of this vineyard. Marketing director Emil Mehedin told us the 2016 vintage is “the greatest Plavac Mali Majstor we’ve ever produced”. After tasting the wine, it’s hard to disagree.
The Stina Plavac Mali Majstor 2016 is the flagship wine in the estate’s portfolio. Majstor translates to ‘master’ in English. It is significantly darker than their standard Plavac Mali, the Stina Plavac Mali Barrique. On the nose, there is oak present but it is well integrated. The oak is a compliment instead of a hindrance to the wine.
Typical Plavac Mali notes like dried strawberry, red cherry, rose petal, and a little pepper emerges from the glass. Many Plavac Malis suffer from hard, seed tannins. It’s not the case here, this is a big wine with lots of texture and sweet, chewy tannins.
This wine should cellar gracefully but it’s so darn delicious now, I don’t know how many bottles will make the long haul.
Score: 92+/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the WINE RATING page.)
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