- Red Still, Dry
- Tomislav Marković
- Germany, Landwein Oberrhein
- Pinot Noir
- 830 UAH
25 years old vines. Classic open top fermentation with indigenous yeasts and foot treading. 25% whole cluster to bring structure into this warm vintage. Basked pressed. Aged for 10 month in used 300L French oak. Racking into stainless to preserve freshness. 1100 bottles produced.
It is little known about Tomislav Marković, but his story seems to follow a familiar pattern. At some point, he decided to leave banking behind and switch to wine-making. A decision that came to life thanks to his occasional visits to his homeland Croatia. His uncle introduced Tomislav to the world of wine. And he became curious.
Yet before starting a winery, Tomislav wanted to get some knowledge and experience from other winemakers. In 2011, he left his banking job to study viticulture and oenology at Weincampus Neustadt. After some practice at Viera de Sousa in the Douro (Portugal) and Domaine de Montille in Volnay (Burgundy, France), he started to work as a consultant for organic viticulture and oenology.
In 2016, Tomislav became a négocian winemaker, a model he borrowed from Burgundy and Douro. It means that instead of farming vines, he was buying grapes from others to make his own wine. Risky and advantageous because it’s challenging to get access to suitable and high-quality vineyards for a newcomer. Yet, he found a total of 0.5ha in Rheinhessen.
Later on, in 2019, Tomislav finally planted his own 0.5ha vineyard in Baden with Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. In 2021, he even planted Touriga Nacional vines, presumably planted for the first time in Germany.
2022-10-17 - 8.00
An excellent young Pinot Noir. Beautiful aromas, a combination of ripe raspberries, source cherry, wood, spices, and floral-herbal notes (peonies with tobacco). Medium body, almost perfectly balanced, elegant, fresh and juicy yet firm. Tannin is still young but well-integrated. It has a long and quite persistent aftertaste with flavours of red currant, wood and spices with a mineral finish. Delicious stuff.
2022-11-23 - 7.50
Bottle variation. Less fruity, more mineral and funky. Still delicious and interesting Pinot Noir. Spices, wood, VA, leather, and raspberries. Good volume, tannin and acidity. Medium body.