Škrlet from Moslavina is an indigenous grape variety that winemakers use to produce high-quality, fresh and light white wines, thus saving it from extinction.
Škrlet is an indigenous white grape variety from Moslavina, known also as ovnek žuti, ovnek slatki, škrtec, etc. In addition to Moslavina, it is also grown in the eastern parts of Pokuplje, and could potentially be grown in Prigorje and on Bilogora Mountain. Like many other indigenous Croatian varieties, the Moslavina Škrlet was neglected and forgotten for a long time, nearly going extinct. In recent years, however, it has been gaining popularity among winemakers from Moslavina, who are joining forces to offer consumers high-quality wines made from this variety. What separates Škrlet from other indigenous varieties is also the fact that it was part of a project conducted by the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Zagreb. The Faculty performed a clonal selection of the vine to obtain high-quality material for planting and spreading this variety, which is still being grown in a relatively small area of only a hundred hectares or so.
Although it is a white variety, Škrlet is specific in that its ripe berries have red and purple spots on them. The variety is less challenging to grow than many international varieties grown in the same area, it isn’t sensitive, and prefers scanty soil. Wines made from this variety are fresh and fruity, so they are best when consumed young, in the first year and a half after harvest. Škrlet is a light wine that can easily be paired with various dishes. It particularly suits cooked white fish, grilled prawns and scampi, and even pasta with creamy sauces like the Italian carbonara.