Ćilibar 2021 – White Organic Wine
- Fermentation 18 days in open tanks on wild yeast
- Maturation on the lies 12 months
- Maturation in bottle 3 months
- Unfined and unfiltered. Contains sediment.
- Total SO2 43,84 mg/l
- Total acidity 8,2 g/l
- Sugar 7,1 g/l
- Alcohol 14%
Ćilibar (pronounced chilly-bar) is a dry organic white wine from Panonia grapes. The grapes have been selected some 50 years ago at the Viticulture Institute in Sremski Karlovci in an attempt to produce a cold-hardy and disease-resistant grape variety from which a premium wine can be produced. Panonia is a cross of Riesling on one side and Bianca on the other. It is grown without any spraying in most years.
Ćilibar is a Serbian word for amber and it was named such because the first few vintages were made as an orange wine. It turned out the Serbian market wasn’t ready for orange wines and in subsequent years it was made as a white wine. We do, however, sneak in a few days of maceration which gives it a light amber color and a lot more body.
Aromas of quince, wild pear and hazelnuts dominate in the beginning, while after some exposure to the air and after warming up a bit in a glass candied orange and lemon peel as well as some smokiness come to light. Medium body, medium long finish. The wine improves and changes with prolonged aeration and after several hours aromas and tastes get closer to an original intent for these grapes – the orange wine.
Ćilibar should be served not too cold. Keep it in the fridge and then let it warm to about 9ᴼC in the glass. Aeration will help it develop its full aromas.
It goes well with richer food, oily fish, fowl in white sauce, pasta carbonara, roast pork… Excellent with Asian dishes, especially spicy ones. Serve with very sweet, white deserts (such as baklava, thousand islands…)
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