Dušan Vranić is a man who professionally deals with wines. As a sommelier (with international experience) or as a wine reviewer. On the Vino&Fino portal, he published a review of three of our shirazes from three vintages. Here’s what he says there…
About a year ago, I wrote about the Shiraz variety in Serbia. It is a variety that has just shyly started to step onto our wine scene, which is dominated by Bordeaux varieties, with an ever-present saturation of it. I cannot escape the impression that this beautiful spice variety from the Rhône valley is slowly emerging “under the radar” and definitely shows great potential in the future, through the work of several wineries from different regions of Serbia.
This time, I have chosen a retrospective of three vintages of shiraz from the Trivanović winery from Fruška Gora, which records the best results with this particular variety, with consistency, variety and raising the ladder through each subsequent vintage. They work dedicatedly with a variety that is receiving more and more attention in our country and I believe that it deserves even more places on the wine shelves of restaurants and wine shops.
TRIVANOVIĆ RESERVE SHIRAZ 2017
Ruby red wine with violet tones, very generous on the nose with varietal aromas of fresh cherry, cranberry and pomegranate, as well as a touch of violet, black pepper, fresh meat and roasted coffee. Extremely harmonious structure, very reduced and in excellent balance. It offers lots of fresh red fruit dominated by cherry and cranberry, followed by Szechuan pepper, anise and cloves, and dried oregano with some aromas of fresh meat, tanned leather, warm earth with a finish reminiscent of coffee and dark chocolate with fresh cherries. This wine with a seductive spicy character really enjoys its full variety. For a moment it took me to Crozes Hermitage or Saint Joseph, appellations of the northern Rhône. Although its label says shiraz, not syrah, this is a wine that has returned stylistically to its roots. Excellent value for money for this great syrah!
TRIVANOVIĆ RESERVE SHIRAZ 2018
Ruby red wine of medium intensity without sediment. The nose is dominated by very pleasant aromas of ripe cherry, juicy raspberry with a floral touch of violet and black pepper. Dry wine, “medium plus” body, very elegant character and good structure. The palate is dominated by aromas of freshly picked cherries, squeezed pomegranate and ripe raspberries with a slightly spicy touch of Szechuan pepper, cloves and dry sage. The wine is in harmony, balance and great varietal expression that reflects the style of the northern Rhône, with solid evolutionary potential. Reduced, mature, tamed and precise.
TRIVANOVIĆ RESERVE SHIRAZ 2020
Ruby red wine of medium intensity without sediment. On the nose, very pleasant aromas of red fresh fruit such as cherry, pomegranate and cranberry, black pepper, and floral notes such as rose petals and hibiscus with a slight influence of oak. A wine of “medium plus” body, very rounded and elegant with a nice expression of ripe cherry, pomegranate, juicy red currant and wild blueberry with earthy tones like fresh porcini mushrooms, spicy notes like cloves as well as black teliccheri pepper with a touch of fresh beetroot and dried Mediterranean herbs long aftertaste.
The wine is in excellent harmony between varietal, spicy-floral aromas that did not go to the rustic extreme, the unpretentious influence of the wood in which the wine was aged is also noticeable, and a very stable structure in the form of excellent acids, calm soft tannins and tamed alcohol. A wine with solid aging potential that is just at the beginning of its journey and in a completely independent style that leans towards the northern Rhône and faithfully reflects the full opulence and capacity of this great spice variety!
You should also try our shiraz. Once you try it, you’ll understand why we say this. Cheers!