Traikovsky Grape Brandy / Rakija Stara Lozova Zolta, is a traditional home-made grape brandy with specific taste, which has developed smoothly over the three years aging period in local Kichevo “blagunj” oak.
A premium grape brandy aged 3 years in Macedonian oak from Kicevo Region, is a brandy of complex bouquet with intensive oak, honey, cinnamon aromas, with refreshing notes of slight vanilla and coffee, with diverse oak, honey, and almonds palate, with slight touch of both peach and dark plums. Persistent long lasting finish, lingering into the senses long afterwards.
Sommelier’s recommendation (Matches Made in Haven)
Traikovsky Rakija is best enjoyed as appetizer drink with salads, shopska or any other salad, usually on the rocks.
Geographic origin: the Povardarie wine-growing region, the Tikves wine-growing district
Wine-growing district-sites: Krnjevo, Barovo, Bosava, Vitacevo
Site: south-east, east, west, north
Vineyard area: 10 – 12 ha
Vineyard shape: espalier
Height above sea level: 600-700 m
Vine training: single Guyot
Vine density: 4,000 vines/ha
Vineyards aged: 10 – 40 years
Type of soil: clay soil, sandy soil
Climate: A Mountainous climate with a mixture of the Mediterranean climate under the influence of the Aegean Sea in the south and the Continental climate influenced by the mountain Kozuf in the north
Aging period: 3 years
Aging material: Macedonian oak, Kicevo, Blagunj oak, MT
Alcohol by volume: 40 % vol
Variety: 7 different grapes, of which Riesling, Chardonnay, Smederevka – autochthonous variety of Macedonia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vranec – autochthonous variety of Macedonia, and 2 additional varieties, recipe’ secret.
Harvesting: exclusively by hand
100% in big underground tanks, naturally chilled with underground waters of river Boshavica (production facilities located in the middle of the old riverbed of Boshavica river, a fast mountain river, springing at 20km production facilities, in the heights of Kozuf Mountain)
100% in oak barrels