Korta Katarina

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On the way to Korčula, if not going through Split, it’s impossible not to pass by Korta Katarina and not stop at least for a short while. So we did and Korta surprised and thrilled me all over again. The G.E.T. crew has been here many times, but our photographer Helena was not and it was lovely to see how Korta excites her. Repeatedly there is a flash in her eyes when she discovers a new detail that occupies her photographic thoughts. In a way this was also a new Korta experience for us. It wasn’t just pouring, it was like someone was emptying a bucket from the skies. There I saw another face of Korta that stands firm, regardless of the wind and rain and immediately saw a new beauty, but also a great power it emanates.

Wonderful, shiny, bathed in rain… Quite grateful for that moment.

As Nika’s replacement we were greeted by Korta’s winegrower, our old acquaintance Arsen, who took us through the cellar. Glasses in hand, of course. We tasted two new roses with opposing styles, but both excellent. I don’t doubt Nika will find the best coupage combination and when I try to imagine the splice of these two wines, I am certain – the result will be great. We naturally tried the Pošip, young, still hazy, but impressive, showing great potential already. If this Pošip is any indication, this will be a vintage to remember. It’s impossible to leave Korta without trying the Plavac this winery is proud of. Naturally we did. It’s hard to describe it while it’s still a baby, but true wine connoisseurs will see its potential and I’m glad I tried it now, as years will pass by the time it reaches the market and I’ll be by a few times to see it develop.

The ability to follow such a wine develop – a huge benefit of our job; an indescribable feeling giving one a completely different relation and respect of it by the time it reaches the market.

At the end of our short stay, timed by our ferry departure to Korčula, we tasted a 2008 Plavac. Well… fantastic wine! One can truly enjoy it and this wine needs not be accompanied with food. Doesn’t need anything! Maybe some good company, but if not, this wine will keep you great company.

It should be noted that the reconstruction of the future hotel is nearing its end. They hope to be able to host guests by next season. Workers pushing through the bad weather give us hope this will be so. It’s all pretty rough still, but we have no doubt the hotel will be a wonderful combination of Dalmatian architecture and modern decoration, such as the winery itself. What that looks like and how luxurious it is… Hopefully we’ll write about it next year, as G.E.T. will surely be among the first to view the hotel.

The ferry leaves in a few minutes… Always a little late leaving Korta. Rushing off! See you soon!


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