Kvevri Has Arrived

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There, the moment has come – the man who first started playing with amphorae, or to be more precise – kvevries, has finally after numerous trials placed one of his wines from a kvevri into a bottle.


It called for a celebration which saw many people at Šember’s, as he’s the man of course. Guests from ll over our nation. This fact only shows what we all know . the high popularity of them as people and nothing less for their wines. We can confidently say that Šembers hold a start status in the wine world with reason, while those of us who have been supporting and following them for years are given the option to feel that we somehow helped them get there.


The celebration had many reasons.


A kvevri with a 2014 harvest was opened and it was, after a tasting, as is customary on Great Thursday with the Šember family, transferred into barrels where it will continue to ripen and await bottling. It will be a while, as the star of the day was a 2011 harvest. Named Qvevri, it doesn’t leave much contemplation of the content.


This time, besides the fantastic wine, as is common with the Šembers, they made a step forward in design; with the label and packaging. Young designer Jurana Puljić did a great job, and judging by the Šembers, she hit it straight on. So, compliments to the entire team and thanks to the team at Sherry’s who recommended Jurana.


The wine – personally it felt excellent, slightly different from what one would expect in a kvevri, but expected from the Šembers. When I say it’s different, usually it means a little better than others, but that’s a biased opinion. I leave it to others to analyze the wine, primarily to Suhadolnik and Kozarčanin, they are the top wine reviewers in Croatia. The wine is in fact still a little young (yes, you read well, despite being from 2011) and it remains to be seen how it will develop, but considering who the author is, it can’t go wrong.


The only flaw I see in it is the small bottle count of 500. It’s going to be a fight to get a bottle.


Original article in Croatia here.


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