Ferivanci, Slavonija, Croatia
This is a fleshy, heady style of Frankovka. Brilliant ruby in the glass, it is extremely evocative on the nose. There is the signature black fruits and spicebox, but there is a touch of anise and pipe tobacco that is enchanting. The acidity at the core of the wines ensures there is balance; the supple tannins are barely noticeable but form a nice backbone.