From Bogdanuška (translates Gift from God), Kuć and Pošip.  The first two varieties are rather neutral in character, so Jo decided to experiment with extended maceration to build a deeper flavour profile.  A range of skin contact times are blended together here, from 10 days to a tiny portion which sees 340 days.  Additionally, based on the Champagne experience, additional components with extended lees contact are also included, most notably a tiny portion of the previous vintage wine which sees some 21 months on solids – this component bringing in some amazing non-oak derived toastiness.

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Ahearne Vino

Hvar, Croatia

To call the CV of Jo Ahearne MW comprehensive would be an understatement. Hailing from East London, she trained in winemaking in Australia working in a variety of regions, before returning to Europe in 2003. she continued making and blending wine around the glove in a role with Marks and Spencer, and was awarded her Master of Wine in 2008.

Setting her sights eventually on Hvar, Croatia, her focus is now her own wine, born of a passion for rare and unusual varieties, some near extinction. “The grapes do the talking,” she says of her minimal intervention approach. An utterly compelling set of wines across the board, of unique, unmatchable provenance.