Blatina

Blatina is a lesser known red wine grape which is only grown currently in Bosnia and Hergegovina.  A "female" plant with a functional flower (unlike the wine types we're more familiar with) this grape type is a challenge for vintners because it needs another grape type to help it to pollenate.  Additionally, there are years when the vines do not produce grapes at all, these years even seem to show up at random without prior warning.

While the wines have traditionally been made in oak barrels, there is a movement to vinify them in a more white wine style using stainless steel.  The results are a lower alcohol red wine which can make for a good story in specialty wine shops.  Flavors tend to be most similar to Syrah in that they are earthy and spicy.