Dingac en Postup Croatian wine
The elongated island of Peljesac is about 50 km (31miles) north of Dubrovnik. The vineyards are difficult to reach and growers once carried their grapes on donkeys along dangerous narrow tracks but since a 400 metres (1,312 feet) long tunnel was built through the mountains about 25 years ago they have been able to bring the grape harvest in quickly to the wineries in Potomje. Cultivating vines in this terrain with slopes of 70% and more requires considerable effort even with this improvement. Two wines with world reputations emerge from this environment: Dingac and Postup, both made with Plavac Mali grapes. These Croatian grapes do not thrive anywhere else as well as on these Dalmatian islands. In addition to the geology and climate, the position of the vineyards is also favourable. The grapes benefit from the sun in three ways: directly through radiation, and by reflection from the stony ground and from the sea. These are ideal circumstances for this native variety. Dingac is made from vines on the steepest hills in the centre of the island where the position is most favourable in respect of sea and the sun. These Croatian wines are full-bodied and warm with alcohol of 13-15%, powerful, fleshy, unforgettable, and exceptionally delicious.
The better vintages of Dingac can be kept for five years and sometimes ten, with the very best years keeping for fifteen years or more. Postup comes from the north of the island where the slopes are less steep. Postup is clearly related to Dingac, with similar quality but less bite, body, and flesh. Despite this, Postup is an excellent warm, full-bodied and powerful wine that generally possesses greater finesse and elegance than a Dingac. Drink this Postup Croatian wine at 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F) and 16-17°C (60.8-62.6°F) for a Dingac Croatian wine.
Prosek Croatian wine
This liqueur Croatian wine is notorious with holidaymakers to the Dalmatian coast resorts. It smells and tastes deliciously of overripe grapes and slips down very readily, especially if served chilled on a sunny terrace. Yet with its alcohol of 15% this Croatian wine is treacherous than people think. Drink this Croatian wine at 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).
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