“There are many renowned Hvar natives around the world, but Andro is among them special to all of them. He gave Hvar creativity by returning to the island from which we all left,” said art historian, academician Tonko Maroević in the Zagreb restaurant Boban at a presentation of wines by Jelsa native Andro Tomić.
“Andro has always leaned towards refined versions of Plavac. We remember the 1991 harvest which thrilled Carlo Petrini, founder of the global slow food movement, and the great winemaker from Piemonte Elio Altare said “questo vino e perfetto” (this wine is perfect) after tasting it,” added Zagreb lawyer Mladen Vukmir, a great wine lover and Tomić’s long time friend.
The presentation began with the 2015 Pošip, a third of the wine aged in new barrels. “A fruity sort deserves it,” said Tomić of the fine, full and slightly smoked wine which many will like, and the indigenous variety from Korčula was described by retired Faculty of Agronomics professor Nikola Mirošević, to whom Tomić was once an assistant.
“It’s a lovely story that the first vine of Pošip was found in the middle of 19th century by a Korčula farmer who replanted it, but it is not true. There are records of Pošip from a century before. But Pošip is definitely an indigenous Korčula sort, its parents are Zlatarica Blatska Blanc and Bratkovina Blanc, significant by the fact it gives excellent wines in all positions,” said Korčula native prof.dr. Mirošević.
Next came a fresh and very drinkable Plavac 2014 and Caplar 2011, a wine in which the most significant global red sort, Cabernet Sauvignon, “wrestled” with our most significant, Plavac Mali. In the wine whose name is a combination of the starting letters of Cabernet and Plavac and the last letter from Hvar, the Plavac was stronger. Although the ratio of grapes is half and half, the characteristics of the wild Plavac from the domestic turf came through stronger than the personality of Cabernet. Proving this wild Plavac can be refined, Tomić demonstrated in the elite wine Plavac Mali Barrique 2011. Truly to enjoy on special occasions. And showing his love for play with letters, Tomić showed with a carob and sage liqueur called Euforija, combining Europe (Eu), Hvar (For) and every friend of the winery (Eu-for-i ja).
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