Krš and the love of Blatina
Most people don’t know about Blatina, Herzegovina’s workhorse red grape. It and its white partner in wine, Žilavka are by far and away the most heavily grown grapes in this small wine region of Southern Bosnian & Herzegovina. Gradually, more French-y varietals are sneaking their way in and that, is a shame as these two grapes produce wonderful wines from this quite undiscovered region (psst, pick up our guide if you want to make it a bit more discovered.)
It’s true that there are some wineries there that don’t really do much with the grape and they produce what is little more than a basic table wine. Krš (Vinarija Škegro) however makes some of the more higher-end takes on the grape and at reasonable prices. I was reminded up this when tasting an unexpected glass of their Žilavka at Zagreb Wine Gourmet. Later, when picking up a couple of bottles at Vrutak, I came across this very nicely redesigned bottle of Blatina and brought it back to lounge in for awhile.
Krš Blatina 2010 has a nose that is initially dry, a bit waxy, and with prune at the edges of it. This profile transfers in to the body to a large degree, mixed with a healthy dose of acidity. The body remains dry with decanting as is typical of this region, but gets a pleasant spiciness akin to black pepper. On the palate, there is a soft, absorbent, limestone quality to the wine that makes it very, very easy to kick back. The relatively low alcohol makes for an overall light wine that still carries a great deal of character and is quite honest to the grapes from which it comes. A definite winner if you want to check out what Herzegovina is offering. 12.7% 8€