Vinarija Kozlović


  • Grape variety: Merlot 50%,
    Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Teran 20%
  • Category: dry red wines
  • Wine-growing area: West Istria, Croatia
  • Vineyard: single vineyard Santa Lucia
  • Age of vineyard: 10 - 12 years
  • Altitude of vineyard: 240 m
  • Vineyard orientation: southwest
  • Soil composition: flysch, limestone, clay
  • Harvested: by hand
  • Vinification: manual grape selection of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Teran. Maceration 20-40 days.
  • Aging: barrique 18 months, inox 6 months
  • Maturation in bottles: 24 months
  • Alcohol by volume: 15,0 %vol
  • Total acidity: 5,7 g/l
  • Unfermented sugar: 3,5 g/l
  • Bottle size: 0,75l and 1,5l
  • Serving temperature: 18 °C

Winemaker's notes:

Santa Lucia Cuvée Noir is our »super Istrian«, produced from local (Teran) and international (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon) grapes growing in our Santa Lucia vineyard. A formula for a success. The colour is very deep ruby red, quite an expected feature from a Cabernet and Teran blend. It is intense on the nose, opulent, showing plenty of ripeness and warm climate black and red fruits, far from any over-ripeness or jammy notes. Quite spicy, with touch of roasted coffee beans, oak and liquorice. It is dry on the palate, with good level of acidities, full bodied, with lovely velvety texture and plenty of ripe grippy tannins. Intense and fierce, concentrated and multidimensional showing clear quality of Bordeaux varieties. Nicely crafted and sophisticated. It seems like 2015 Santa Lucia red has made another step forward.

Combining with food:

No brainer with steaks, game and matured hard cheeses.

Aging potential:

This one is ready to drink already but will improve as it is still young. Drink from 2020-2032.


  • Bronze medal: "International Wine & Spirit Competition London" / 2020
  • Bronze medal: "Decanter" / 2020
  • Silver medal: "Sommeliers Choice Awards San Francisco" / 2019
  • Silver certificate: "Vinistra" / 2019
  • Gold medal: "Vinistra" / 2018
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