Montenegrin Vranac

Vranac is an ancient Montenegrin variety and its real origin has been hidden deeply in the history. It is most likely that it originates from the close area of Crmnica and it is certain that it has been very closely linked with the variety Kratošija. It had been grown since the 14th century in the valley of Lake Skadar. It is our viticultural and national pride and in accordingly, it covers even 70% of our vineyards in Ćemovsko polje.

Vineyards, located in the shallow, skeletal soils, with over 2.500 hours of sunshine annually, give the excellent quality of the grapes, transforming it, by the state-of the –art equipment into premium wines.Plantaže has been recognised particularly by the production of this classic varietal Vranac, of the controlled origin and quality.

Montenegrin Vranac is the wine by which this grape variety has been discovered best.All varietal characteristics of Vranac have been preserved in it, but it also represents best the area, namely terroir-soil and rocks of Ćemovsko polje.

This powerful, robust southern wine was classified among 100 Top Red Wines of Europe within the list, published in the Milan weekly magazine Il Mondo in 1991.

Montenegrin Vranac 2013

The wine is intense ruby colour with the purple hues. On nose and taste it reminds of ripe sour cherries, dark forest fruit and prunes with sweet, spicy tones, leaving good mouthfeel and warmth in the aftertaste. It is full on taste, rich with alcohol and extract. It has balanced acids and extraordinary tannic structure, giving it the possibility of longer laying down and aging.

SERVING

Temperature: 16-18ºC

Glass: a large, tulip-shaped glass

MATCHING WITH FOOD

Red meats, game meat,spicy dishes, fatty , mature cheese. In Montenegro, Vranac is traditionally consumed with the ham from Njeguši and with the dishes, made of good quality sea and lake fish-particularly with the smoked carp, as well as with all types of roasted meat and grilled dishes.

 

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Montenegrin Vranac 2013

HARVEST

A regular good harvest concerning the quality and yield of the grapes. Weather conditions for ripening the grapes were favourable. The grapes were sound.

VINEYARD

Viticultural areas: Valley of Lake Skadar , Podgorica’s viticultural area

Location:  Ćemovsko polje

Size of the vineyard: 1.031 ha

Exposition : North-South

Soil: shallow, skeletal soil

Planting density:  2.60×0.80;  2.60×0.70;  2.80×0.90

Growing type: bilateral Guyot

Average age of the grapevines: from 3 to 36 years

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Varietal composition: Vranac 100 %

Yield: 8-10 t/ha

Harvest time: September

Manner of harvest: manual and mechanic

Vinification: fermentation in the inox vats

Temperature of fermentation: 23-25°C

Duration of fermentation: 10-12 days

Duration of maceration: 10-12 days

Malolactic fermentation: yes, spontaneous

Aging: in the inox vats

The duration of aging: 2 years

Chemical analysis: : pH -3.60; total acids- 3.60; alcohol-13.6 % vol.

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

2014

Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Silver medal, MUNSUS VINI 2014, Germany

Montenegrin Varnac 2010, Bronze medal, IWSC 2014, Great Britain

2013

Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Bronze medal, Balkan International Wine Competition and Festival, Bulgaria

Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Silver medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Belgium

Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Gold medal International Wine Contest Bucharest, Bulgaria

Montenegrin Vranac 2010, Silver medal, AWC Vienna, Austria

Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Bronze medal, Decanter Word Wine Awards, Great Britain

2012

Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Gold medal, LES CITADELLES DU VIN, France

Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Gold medal, AWC Vienna, Austria

Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Gold medal, Jadranski sajam Budva , Montenegro

2011

Montenegrin Vranac 2009, Gold medal, China Wine Awards, China

Montenegrin Vranac 2008, Bronze medal, International wine and spirits, Great Britain

Montenegrin Vranac 2008, Gold medal, Jadranski sajam Budva, Montenegro

Montenegrin Vranac 2008, Gold medal, International Fair Novi Sad, Serbia

2010

Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Silver medal, Les Citadelles Du Vin, France

Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Silver medal, Vinagora, Hungary

Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Silver medal, AWC Vienna, Austria

Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Gold medal, Vino Slovenija, Slovenia

Montenegrin Vranac 2007, Favorite brand, VI Brand Fair, Serbia

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