Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates like the northern parts of Croatia.
The thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds lends pinot to producing mostly lightly colored, medium bodied and low tannin wines that can often go through phases of uneven and unpredictable aging. When young, wines made from pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries.
However, pinot noir wines are among the most popular in the world. Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair describes pinot noir as "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic." Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon calls pinot "sex in a glass".
Verdejo is a variety of wine grape that has long been grown in the Rueda region of Spain. The grape originated in North Africa, and was spread to Rueda in about the 11th Century, possibly by Mozarabs. Verdejo was generally used to make a strongly oxidized, Sherry-like wine. In the 1970s, the winemaking company Marqués de Riscal began to develop a fresher style of white wine based on Verdejo with the help of French oenologist Émile Peynaud.
The Verdejo grapes are generally harvested at night. This means that the grapes enter the cellar at the lower night-time temperature of 10–15 °C (50–59 °F) instead of the daytime temperature, which can be as high as 28–30 °C (82–86 °F) in September. Lower temperatures means less oxidation, or browning of the juice. Verdejo wines are aromatic, often soft, and full-bodied.
Enjoy with fresh 5 1/2 Sardina sparkling wines
Werner Dürsteler grew up in Catalonia, Spain while Emir Haveric was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Both ambitioned by the world of advertising, culture and images met for the first time in 1996 working together in the South of Germany in a photo studio specialized in car photography.
These two friends have been working together and travelling around the world for the last 25 years. Now they decided to settle down in one of the most beautiful coast around the Mediterranean Sea, Croatia.
As recognized food lovers and looking after any type of quality of life, they decide to develop two incredible sparkling wines ready for the Croatian summer.
The 5 ½ Sardina Rosé Pinot Noir and the 5 ½ Sardina White Verdejo are made to enjoy life and to share unique and unforgettable moments.