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Region
Mostar
Grape
Blatina 85%, Trnjak 10%, Kambuša 5%
Soil
Deep calcareous marl, layers of sandstone and flint
Farming
Organic

Winemaking was always a universal tradition for all households in Herzegovina, from their family vineyards planted with Žilavka, Blatina, and other autochthonous varieties.

So much of the region has changed as wars happened and the state borders changed, but throughout history, wine remains a timeless and always vital part of the Herzegovina past, present, and future.

This is how the story of Skegro family begins. A story where tradition has been passed from knee to knee to become something that the whole family enjoys doing. Now led by Bariša Skegro, the family takes a modern approach to the traditional: love and care for vineyards, hands-off winemaking, and a strong desire to simply offer the spirit of Herzegovina in its full glory: ample sunshine, rocky soils, a healthy and ecological footprint — together with century old traditions, the Skegro family delivers top quality wines that are fully representative of Herzegovina terroir.

The Skegro family vineyards are mostly consisted of vines planted in 2005 in the small village of Radišići, in the southwestern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. They have 2 hectares of south facing and terraced vineyards, which were cut into the hillside, rich with calcareous marl, sandstone and flint. Mostar, being within an hour from the Croatian coastline, offer a very similar climate: Mediterranean influence with extreme hot summers and mild winters.

The family’s estate is also filled with fruit trees such as figs, citrus, and pomegranates as well as basic produce and some damn good olive oil from their extensive olive trees. Olive trees are similarly scattered amongst the vineyards to offer diversity and support the erosion of the rocky soils.

Farming is all organic, utilizing natural cover crops, utilizing manure or organic fertilizer when needed along with copper and sulfur. They do not use herbicides or pesticides. As the vines continue to mature, they are on their way to organic certification. All harvesting is done manually.

Blatina is very quickly going to become a new fan favorite in the portfolio. It is a grape that creates medium-bodied reds with juicy acidity, distinctive mineral flavors, and tend to be low in alcohol and retain an exceptionally fantastic level of natural acidity for grapes grown in this part of the world. The wines often have very soft, pretty and elegant flavors, and sometimes described as a cross between Sangiovese and Gamay.

The varietal is very unique in that it is a female flowering plant, meaning it needs another variety to pollinate and produce grapes. For this reason, almost all Blatina vineyards are planted with Alicante Bouchet or other local varietals, and then harvested (and often co-fermented!) together as a field blend. Skegro’s Blatina, for example, is done so with Alicante Bouchet and Trnjak (local varietal) with 8-10 days skin maceration in open plastic vats and stainless steel.

Tasting Notes: This wine is an incredible introduction to the Blatina grape and the red wines of Herzegovina. The appearance is dark ruby red with a ripe fruity nose, with savory and spiced herb aromatics. The palate is elegant and juicy with fresh plums, violets, forest floor and a touch of salty bitterness on the finish.

-Vinum

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