In the United Stated of America, Tribidrag is known as Zinfandel, and in Italy it is known as Primitivo, which means that this autochthonous Croatian variety has multiple synonyms. However, the name that is of most importance to us is Tribidrag, as is the fact that Tribidrag was held in high regard throughout the history of Croatia. There exist records that testify that Croatia’s most eminent 15th-century poets (Marulić, Hektorović) used to cultivate this wine, that we used to export it to France and Italy, and that even a poem singing its praises was composed in the 18th century. Tribidrag is sourced from Rizmans organic vineyards which go all the way down to the sea. The wine is coupaged with the international variety of Temporanillo (up to 15%) to create a perfect blend that retains all the features of the Tribidrag variety.
Processing and vinification begin with the selection of grapes at the winery after they have been picked by hand. The owners perform this selection personally to make sure that only the best grapes are sent for further processing. The wine undergoes alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in a tank under controlled conditions. After this, it is aged under professional supervision in old barrique barrels made from French and American oak between 8 to 10 months. After filling, it is aged for at least 6 months before it is released into the market.
Tribidrag from 2019 displays a deep ruby colour of moderate intensity. On the nose it includes notes of dark fruits, cherries, plums, leather and earthy notes. It is possible to notice the intensity of sunshine and rusticity of the Dalmatian hillside in this wine through its ripe juicy fruit, earthy tones, sturdy structure and power.
This is a great wine to accompany rich stews, red meat dishes and a variety of cheeses.
Tribidrag needs to breathe for at least an hour before it reaches it full expression so make sure to give it plenty of room to air out so the taste can develop even more.