‘Son of Zinfandel’ – a Croatian native with a nod to its parentage.  A plentiful variety but quality parcels are scarce, due to the variety’s propensity to clump its bunches tightly and ripen unevenly.  Fruit comes from two sources, one right by the sea and another at some 500 metres elevation on an almost 45 degree slope, both of which benefit from refracted light from the Adriatic sea.  Oak is used sparingly, with one Slavonian barrel and the rest from Jupilles oak which is typically used for white Burgundy, lending high toned aromatic quality.

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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.