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Clai

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Clai vineyards 

Based in Istria, Clai winery is a family business encompassing 8 ha of vineyards and 3 ha of olive trees. Their wine-growing approach respects the nature in its fullest and it’s all about quality, not quantity. Fully biodynamic and organic, in the vineyard they only use minimal and occasional natural, organic manures, and no chemical treatments. After coming to the cellar, the grapes are vinified in a natural way, with spontaneous fermentation on the skins and without the addition of enzymes, added yeasts or malolactic bacteria. The wines are mellowed in wooden barrels of various sizes, with a long stay on the lees. After nearly a year the wines are bottled without micro- or sterile filtering.

Clai’s principal goal is to enhance their terroir. Their 6 labels of wines are all made of native grapes - Malvasia, Refosco and Muscat - or their blend with international varietals. Clai believes there’s no "good" or “bad" year if you work in a natural way - the vintages are just different. They depend on seasonal climatic factors that determine the absolute value of the wine: its quality. Clai biodynamic, orange and red wines enjoy international reputation. Their Sv Jakov Malvazija has been listed in the book 101 wines to try before you die, by author Margaret Rand who also put it to Decanter's short list of 10 wines to try in 2019!

If you'd like to read more about Giorgio Clai and his winery, check out this blog I wrote after meeting him & his right hand Dimitri Brečević in person: The Story Behind Clai Wines. 

 

Clai
Article code WCLA0001
€29,95
in stock
Variety: Istrian Malvazija, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio
Type: Dry white (orange), organic, vegan
Vintage: 2015
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 13,5%
Best served: 12-14°C
Pairing: Poultry or pork, salmon, tuna, shellfish, matured Read more
Ordered before 13:00, delivered tomorrow.
Clai
Ottocento Bijeli
Variety: Istrian Malvazija, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio
Type: Dry white (orange), organic, vegan
Vintage: 2015
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 13,5%
Best served: 12-14°C
Pairing: Poultry or pork, salmon, tuna, shellfish, matured
€29,95
Clai
Article code OCLA0001
€16,95
in stock
Exquisite delicate extra virgin olive oil made of different local varieties. Certified organic production. Gold award NYIOOC 2019, Silver award NYIOOC 2020. Read more
Ordered before 13:00, delivered tomorrow.
Clai
Terre Bianche
Exquisite delicate extra virgin olive oil made of different local varieties. Certified organic production. Gold award NYIOOC 2019, Silver award NYIOOC 2020.
€16,95
Clai
Article code WCLA0002
€29,95
in stock
Variety: Refosk, Merlot
Type: Dry red, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2016
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 15%
Best served: 16-18°C
Pairing: beef, game, lamb, matured cheese and charcuterie Read more
Ordered before 13:00, delivered tomorrow.
Clai
Ottocento Crni
Variety: Refosk, Merlot
Type: Dry red, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2016
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 15%
Best served: 16-18°C
Pairing: beef, game, lamb, matured cheese and charcuterie
€29,95
Clai
Article code WCLA0004
€19,95
in stock
Variety: Istrian malvasia
Type: Dry white, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2018
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 14%
Best served: 13-15°C Read more
Ordered before 13:00, delivered tomorrow.
Clai
Baracija Malvazija 2018
Variety: Istrian malvasia
Type: Dry white, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2018
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 14%
Best served: 13-15°C
€19,95
Clai
Article code WCLA0005
€19,95
in stock
Variety: Refosk
Type: Dry red, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2018
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 14%
Best served: 16-18°C Read more
Ordered before 13:00, delivered tomorrow.
Clai
Baracija Refosk 2018
Variety: Refosk
Type: Dry red, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2018
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 14%
Best served: 16-18°C
€19,95
Clai
Article code WCLA0003
€35,95
in stock
Variety: Istrian Malvazija
Type: Dry white, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2016
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 15,5%
Best served: 12-14°C
Pair with: red meat, steak, tuna, salmon or white fish, matured cheese or dark chocolate. Or as Mar Read more
Ordered before 13:00, delivered tomorrow.
Clai
Sv. Jakov Malvazija
Variety: Istrian Malvazija
Type: Dry white, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2016
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 15,5%
Best served: 12-14°C
Pair with: red meat, steak, tuna, salmon or white fish, matured cheese or dark chocolate. Or as Mar
€35,95
Clai
Article code WCLA0006
€52,00
out of stock
-SOLD OUT-
Variety: Refosk
Type: Dry red, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2015
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 15.5%
Best served: 16-18°C Read more
Ordered before 13:00, delivered tomorrow.
Clai
Brombonero
-SOLD OUT-
Variety: Refosk
Type: Dry red, organic, vegan
Vintage: 2015
Winemaker: Clai
Region: Istria, Croatia
Alcohol: 15.5%
Best served: 16-18°C
€52,00