Kozlović: Wine drinkers’ kindergarten and PhD school

Kozlović: Wine drinkers’ kindergarten and PhD school

The new Kozlović winery, opened at the end of 2011, is a must-visit not only for every wine enthusiast but also for everyone interested to see a beautiful example of the marriage of modern architecture and nature. At first glance, it is a building following contemporary trends, whose front is dominated by a black steel mesh reminding of a bird’s nest. When you go inside, you will realize it is only one third of the building, while the rest is carefully camouflaged by soil, on which inidigenous vegetation is restablished. In that way the pristine beauty of Vale, a narrow valley overlooked by 1000-year-old Momjan citadel, was successfully preserved.

The new winery was designed by Franko Kozlović, the winemaker himself, a guy who knows how to make wines for very different palates.

For example, if you are a wine skeptic who prefers a funky fruit cocktail and simply cannot stand the harshness and/or acidity of many wines, just try Kozlović Momjanski Muškat. This semi-sweet wine made from Muscat grapes indigenous to Momjan area will put you on track to become a passionate wine drinker. On the other hand, if you are a sophisticated wine connoisseur, who adores carefully aged wine showing outstanding complexity and elegance, the wine that puts winemaker’s expertise to the ultimate test? Then taste Kozlović St. Lucia, a seductive, Rhone-style white aged in big oak or more rebellious (maybe also more food-friendly) Malvazija Akacija aged in acacia barriques.

Kozlović Akacia and Santa Lucia. Both are big wines, but with a very different character.

Between the two extremes, also find these fine wines:

Istrian Malvazija – A crisp, zesty, very mineral wine rich in primary aromas and a fruit bite, like ripe melon and quince. The finish contains characteristic bitterness and outstanding minerality, which makes it very food-friendly, especially with seafood.

Othelo 2007 – Blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with the addition of Teran. The nose has herbs and spices (coffee, cardamom, cedar), while in the mouth spices dominate. What follows is a fresh, blackcurrant-flavored finish. Very soon Franko will launch his high-end red, a single estate Santa Lucia Crno, keeping the same grape ratio as in Othello but made only from grapes coming from Santa Lucia, the terroir Franko is very fond of.

Sorbus 2006 – made from dried Momjan Muscat grapes, a complex and noble sweet wine, the essence of Muscat grapes, aroma of raisins intertwined with flowers, honey, followed by milk chocolate, hints of botrytis, cloves… In the mouth it is very sweet, nicely balanced with acids. The freshness together with vibrant minerals reappears in the finish.

Inox vats at Kozlović winery

Antonella Kozlović, Franko’s wife, pouring young 2011 Istrian Malvazija

Franko Kozlović pouring St. Lucia from a big oak barrel

Tasting room in Kozlović winery

Franko Kozlović discussing the differences between Istrian Malvasia aged in oak and acacia

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