In The Glass – Šember – Rajnski Rizling 2011

semberCroatian wine regions don’t roll easily off the tongue and thus Šember from Plešivica might be tough for the Anglophone mouth to get wrapped around. This is a shame as their winery offers up some quality wine from a region that is oft overlooked in Croatia despite the fact that excellent white wines can be grown there and I’m not just saying this because my family once called it home generations ago.

This specific bottle I was brought by the always exuberant Morana of Taste of Croatia and Zagrebites. I was informed that it’s quite popular among the wine geeks in Croatia as it’s a “natural” wine made from their variant of Riesling that they have over there. It’s a curious wine that bears little semblance to what you may be used to from Mosel or Wachau and that “natural” aspect to it, while not forceful at first comes out a bit more as it breathes.

Šember Rajnski Rizling 2011
Straw in color. Downplayed minerality, forceful notes of lees in the nose. Medium body and acidity but with a lingering finish. Good character, not too overdone in natural ways but a bit direct and unrestrained although cider notes come out with air.

100% Riesling 12.5% 15€