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Vino Budimir’s 2007 Sub Rosa – “By far the most impressive of this group, it is tightly wound, powerful and intense, with fine fruit and tension on the finish. A touch rustic on opening, it comes around well.”

Vino Budimir’s 2007 Sub Rosa (“under the rose”) has been awarded 91 points by a leading wine website, founded by one of the world’s most famous critics, Robert Parker; the first time that any Serbian wine has received such an accolade.

The 2007 Sub Rosa – a blend of 60% Prokupac (harvested from old vineyards which are approximately 115 years old) and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 3,000 and 5,000 litre Serbian oak casks, respectively, before spending 12 months in 225-litre French barriques – is described by Mark Squires as being:

“By far the most impressive of this group, it is tightly wound, powerful and intense, with fine fruit and tension on the finish. A touch rustic on opening, it comes around well.”

Squires, who recommends drinking now through to 2023, adds that:

“The only real issue is the oak treatment that influences the wine a bit too much, but ultimately this is focused and impressive, likely to age gracefully and improve more for the next several years.”

Vino Budimir’s 2008 Triada – made from 100% Prokupac – was awarded 88 points and complimented for being:

“a touch gamey and bright, which a juicy finish. If you like those earthy nuances, this is a great food wine and pretty tasty – in a high-character, complex way, not a “sweet and sexy” way. Think of it as a cross between Northern Rhone and old-style Nebbiolo.”

Finally, Budimir’s 2011 Tamjanika, another of the vineyard’s autochthonous varieties, was awarded 89 points, with Squires’ tasting notes asserting that:

“Fresh and perky, with distinctive aromatics and flavours, this is completely charming and invigorating, my favorite of the whites. If you like them on the distinctive side – my first reaction was the unscientific “yum!” – this is a winner.”

Vino Budimir has a long and proud winemaking history, dating back to 1878. Located just outside the town of Aleksandrovac – in the Serbian wine region of Župa, west of the Morava River – Vino Budimir boasts some of the oldest vineyards in the region. Such acknowledgement by eRobertParker is testament to their commitment to respecting and nurturing this deep-seated history whilst fully-exploiting the means and benefits of contemporary wine-making practices

Such recognition will invariably benefit the wine industry in Serbia, drawing attention to the country’s almost two millennia history of wine-making. Substantial investments have been made in recent years – in knowledge, equipment and vineyards – resulting in improvements in both the quality and consistency of the country’s wines. Despite this, however, prejudices and stereotypes continue to breed caution amongst potential new audiences, including consumers within Serbia itself. It has long been believed that only wines from elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia – Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro or Herzegovina – are worthy of celebration. This is clearly no longer the case; if indeed it ever was.

This acknowledgement also further demonstrate the outstanding potential of autochthonous varieties – in this case, Prokupac – not only in terms of the quality of wines produced, but also the new and often unique experiences and pleasures enjoyed by even seasoned wine connoisseurs. The Balkan region is rich not only in distinctive varieties – whether Tamjanika, Vranac, Plavac Mali and Posip – but in terms of its winemaking culture, history and heritage. In a region filled with stories and intrigue, wines from autochthonous sorts become a means of travel for those fortunate or brave enough to encounter them. Savouring Vino Budimir’s range of wines is one such journey that all wine lovers should look to take.

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