The name Mihovil/Mihael has been appearing in our family for many generations. In honour of this name, the first structure that was built on our estate was the chapel of St. Michael (Sv.Mihovil/Mihael), the patron saint of our family and estate.
The label bearing the name of St.Michael represents a natural sequence of events. The idea behind this label was to make a wine only at its best age, exclusively from one variety from one part (plot) of our vineyards of our choice. By instilling it with the finest fruits of our labour in the vineyard and cellar – the best-quality grapes in a select harvest – our wish is to create a label worthy of the title of family collection. The series is limited edition, and every bottle is numbered separately and as such represents an object of value to any wine lover. Our selection, our family collection, single variety from a single vineyard. Cheers!
The grapes for this wine come from the famous international grape variety Syrah, and are grown in our own organic vineyard Komarna. The vineyard bears the internal mark A8 and is situated at 100 m above sea level, on the southern slopes with an incline of up to 30%. The vineyard consists of 92 rows, with a planting distance of 1.8 m between the rows and spacing between the vines of 0.8 m. The vines were planted using the cultivation method called bilateral cordon. The total number of the grape vines in this vineyard is 5670. The karst-like ground consists of limestone with a small content of soil. The yield of wine per hectare is quite small and amounts to 18 to 28 hl/ha, which results in concentrated fruit quality and freshness.
WINEMAKING AND AGEING:
Processing and vinification begin with the selection of grapes at our winery after they have been picked by hand. The owners select the grapes personally to make sure that only the best grapes are sent for further processing. The wine undergoes alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in a tank under controlled conditions. After this, it is aged under professional supervision in old barrique barrels made from French and American oak for 12 months. After filling, it is aged for at least 6 months before it is released into the market.
The wine is elegant with aromas of preserved dark cherries, blueberries, dark chocolate, tar and dried Mediterranean herbs. When it touches the palate, it is full-bodied with a sophisticated structure and balancing freshness. It is harmonious, and it can be either consumed right away or left to develop for a decade so that it achieves its full complexity.
WINE AND FOOD PAIRING:
St. Michael Syrah is a full-bodied wine with a sophisticated structure and balanced freshness, and it can be paired with most beef and lamb dishes, delicious pasta dishes and hard cheeses. Due to its elegant nose of preserved dark cherries, blueberries, dark chocolate, tar and dried Mediterranean herbs, it can also be enjoyed on its own, served at 18°C.