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Belo Special Selection

Tikves

Belo Special Selection Bottle
Appellation
Tikves Region
Variety
Smederevka, Riesling, Roussanne, Marsanne
Age of Vines
20-30
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Alluvial clay, gravel
Altitude
500 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, pre-fermentation cooling, direct press into stainless-steel tanks for fermentation
Aging
3 months in stainless steel tanks

Overview

Belo is Macedonian for “white,” which may not sound terribly specific, but it is a valid and easy-to-pronounce name. Valid also because the principal variety in this blend (which includes a little Riesling, Roussanne, and Marsanne) is Smederevka, the most widely planted white grape variety in the region. Smederevka once had a reputation for neutral and acidic wines best served with a touch of sparkling water, but that was due to massive overcropping during the communist era. Now with lower yields, careful pruning, and a shift to organic practices, Tikves can coax out floral aromas with flavors of green apples and white peaches from this formerly maligned variety. Smederevka retains a pronounced acidity with a moderate alcohol level even though it usually gets picked towards the end of harvest – a good indication that this signature variety is perfectly adapted to the warm climate of Macedonia.

Tikves, Macedonia
  • Location
    Tikves, Macedonia
  • Appellation
    Tikves Region
  • Proprietor
    M6 Corporation
  • Winemaker
    Marko Stojaković & Philippe Cambie
  • Size / Elevation
    hectares / 300-500 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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