Feravino was established in the 1700s but these vineyards have been farmed since the 1300s, when the region was put to vine by the Cistercians and Templars. The current cellar was built in 1804 and refurbished in 1996. The vineyards now span 150 hectares, split evenly between white and red grapes with the majority trained via the double Guyot method. The vineyards are uniquely surrounded by forests, a significant moderator for the area’s hot, dry summers. The winery focuses on indigenous Frankovka (Blaufränkisch) and Graševina, varieties that express the winery’s terroir and make full, flavourful and balanced wines. The grapes are all hand-harvested and intervention throughout the winemaking process is kept to a minimum. These wines have modern richness coupled with Old World sensibilities and charm. Part of the larger Osijek-Baranja County, Feričanci is one of Croatia’s smallest wine growing regions. It has a rich agricultural history, with grape-growing having played a prominent role throughout the centuries. The region’s Continental climate and cool soils provide the framework for flavourful, food-friendly wines made for every occasion.
Feričanci municipality is located in the western part of Osijek- Baranja county. The Mur river marks the northern edge of the region until it flows into the Drava, the longest of the Danube’s tributaries.
Feravino currently owns 160 hectares of vines, in three locations: Feričanci (3 km away from the cellar-processing location); Zoljan (12 km away from the cellar-processing location); and Ceremošnjak (24 km away from the cellar processing plant). All locations are located on the slopes of Krndija and divided into small microlocations separated by woods and other natural barriers.
Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhône Valley of eastern France. Syrah can be quite floral in its youth, developing white and black pepper aromas and herbaceous notes as it ages. Some examples show leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines lean towards very dark flavours of blackcurrant and licorice.
Cold maceration at 8°C followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 15 days. Malolactic fermentation in 225L barriques made of Slavonian and French oak. Maturation in barrels lasted for 12 months.
The 2017 Miraz Syrah is a dense and full-bodied wine showing an impenetrable deep ruby red colour in the glass. On the nose, the it has a distinct and intense aroma of freshly picked red berries, as well as spicy notes reminiscent of freshly ground pepper, with a delicate but still present smoky character. The palate follows suit, full of cassis and bramble berry with a round, solid structure balanced by a cleansing acidity.