Skegro Krš Orange Žilavka
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Region: Radišići, Hercegovina
Grape varieties: Žilavka
Skegro Krš Orange Žilavka is made from an indigenous varietal in Herzegovina. Bright and energetic, with dried orchard fruit and spice.
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About Skegro Krš Orange Žilavka
Skegro Krš Orange Žilavka. The amber color of this wine belies the energy and brightness of this grape variety. There’s some DNA evidence to suggest Žilavka is related to the Italian grape Glera, the base for Prosecco. It may also be related to the Hungarian grape Furmint despite lacking hard evidence to back that up. To be fair, it is late-ripening, has super compact bunches, and is prone to botrytis. It’s easy to see where the Furmint argument stems. It’s also not a skin contact wine where everything is just dangling together like a fragile mobile hanging over a baby’s crib. Žilavka is one of the few native whites that can weather the hot, dry, and unforgiving Herzegovinian growing season without dropping acidity. Žilavka translates as both deep-rooted and veiny (you can varicose-like veins on the berries when ripe). It wasn’t picked too early in order to manage sulfur additions or over macerated or hard-pressed to gain extraction either. It’s actually quite soft in terms of tannins nor is it hot in any way (12.5%). Spontaneously fermented in open vats, it’s then on the skins for around 15-20 days, barreled down to 225L neutral oak for 6-8 months (no lees stirring), then bottled unfiltered with zero additions of any kind. This is a rare treat from the Balkans. Only 997 bottles were produced.
Chill this orange wine down to 60-64F and serve with aged cheddars and alpine cheeses, and bold foods, including curry dishes, Moroccan cuisine, Ethiopian cuisine, and Korean dishes.
About Skegro Family Winery
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 the 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 have 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, offers a very similar climate: Mediterranean influence with extremely 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.