Škegro - Krš Orange Žilavka 2017
Producer: Škegro
Wine name: Krš Orange Žilavka
ABV: 12.5

One of only two orange wines made in Bosnia-Herzegovina, at least as far as I know. Bariša Škegro’s 2015 orange (first vintage of this wine, reviewed here) was an enjoyable rustic style, but this 2017 really steps up a notch.
Initially a bit tight and marmite-like on the nose, it needs a bit of oxygen and time in the glass. The fruit is superbly expressive (ripe melon, pear and green plum), with incredible energy – the acidity is delicious and salivating.

There’s something a little-Viognier like about the texture and the body, but with way more lift and a cleaner mouthfeel. Skin contact has certainly fleshed out the wine, but the extraction is gentle, the structure soft and accessible.

Made with 20 days of skin contact, wild fermented, unfiltered and with no added sulphites. Only the free-run juice was used (no pressing). Stable to the last drop – very clean and skilled winemaking here.

I was delighted to see (from the sticker on the bottle) that this wine won a silver award at the 2019 Decanter World Wide Awards. No mean feat for an orange wine.

Only 997 bottles produced.