Notes from Danch & Granger:
"Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the less understood, least travelled and has the smallest representation in our portfolio. Like in many wine regions in Central and Eastern Europe, with borders now open, the younger generations are flocking to the big cities or abroad. The Škegro family is no exception to this trend. That said, in 2005 vineyards and olive trees were planted and the pull has become stronger and stronger every year. These are the kinds of investments that keep the families connected, traditions alive, and on a purely selfish level, allow us to drink delicious wines that cannot be produced anywhere else.
Žilavka is one of the few native whites that can weather the hot, dry and unforgiving Herzegovinian growing season without dropping acidity. There’s some DNA evidence to suggest it’s related to Glera, but we’ve also heard that it’s related to Furmint despite lacking hard evidence to back that up. To be fair, it is late ripening, has super compact bunches, and is prone to botrytis. It’s easy to see where the Furmint argument stems. It’s also not a skin contact wine where everything is just dangling together like a fragile mobile hanging over a baby’s crib."