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Pilizota Babic, Dalmatia, Croatia

Pilizota Babic, Dalmatia, Croatia

"Dalmatian Delicacy: The Piližota Babić Tapestry"

History and Pedigree:

Nestled in the heart of Dalmatia, near the historic town of Šibenik, the Piližota Winery is a testament to the region's rich viticultural heritage. Ivica Piližota, the visionary behind this estate, cultivates the indigenous Babić grape with a philosophy rooted in harmony with nature. The winery's commitment to organic practices and minimal intervention reflects a profound respect for the land and its legacy. This dedication is mirrored in the Piližota Babić, a wine that encapsulates the essence of Dalmatia—its sun-drenched days, cool nights, and the rugged terrain that challenges and rewards in equal measure.

Production Highlights:

The 2016 Piližota Babić is a product of meticulous care and traditional techniques. Cultivated on slopes and semi-slopes at altitudes between 50 and 300 meters, the vineyards benefit from the ideal Mediterranean climate. The Babić grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed, undergoing spontaneous fermentation in open stainless steel vats. This process, coupled with a 10-day skin maceration and aging in Slavonian oak barrels, imbues the wine with its distinctive character—a balance of earthiness, fruit, and subtle oak nuances.

Product Details:

  • Region: Outskirts of Šibenik, Dalmatia, Croatia
  • Varietal: 100% Babić
  • Appellation: Dalmatia
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Vinification: Hand-harvested, spontaneous fermentation, aged in stainless steel and Slavonian oak
  • Farming: Practicing organic, no irrigation

Sensory Perception:

The 2016 Piližota Babić exudes aromas of ripe dark fruits like blackberries, blueberries, plums, and figs, complemented by the grape's inherent earthiness. This combination lends the wine its substantial body and complexity. The palate presents a harmonious blend of smoothness and firm structure, with mouthwatering acidity and petite tannins leading to a gentle finish. Its gamey character and inviting nature make it a delightful companion for every sip.

Pairings and Occasions:

This wine shines when served slightly chilled, making it a versatile partner for red meats, wild game, and the legendary Dalmatian pašticada. It also pairs beautifully with grilled sausages, cured meats, cheese, and the region's famed roasted lamb—whether cooked on a spit or under a parka. The Piližota Babić's ability to complement a broad spectrum of culinary traditions makes it an ideal choice for gatherings where food and wine bring people together, capturing the spirit of Dalmatian hospitality.


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