With the help of Mike Grgich, owner of Grgich Hills in Napa Valley and on the Peljesac and also born in Croatia, DNA testing shows that Plavac Mali and Zinfandel are not the same grape but related and that Zinfandel could actually be parent, along with Dobricic, to Plavac Mali. DNA tests show that Zinfandel is actually the Croatian grape Crljenak Kašteljanski (tsurl-YEN-ak kashtel-AHN-ski).
Plavac Mali translates into “small blue” and refers to the grape itself, which tends to be lighter in body than Zinfandel.
The picture on the label is the local wild dog “čagalj” which roams the hills of Pelješac.
Vintculture: Non-certified organic
Maceration: 7 Days, whole berries, no stems
SO2: 44 ppm unbound at bottling
No fining or filtration