… or the ”Brike” of Slovenian wine to be correct :). If you’ll be in Ljubljana next Tuesday the 28th then you have to stop at the castle from 7:30 PM. This time it will be the women from Goršika Brda or, as we locally call them, ”Brike” who will be presenting the wine.
Not only will you taste Goriška Brda’s finest wines, but you’ll also have the chance to meet the women that are tied to winemaking & business.
Hello wine lovers! Well here we are again and this time I’ve got an interesting story, a story of passion & love. It all began a few months ago when a gentleman by the name Nicholas Gee contacted me if I could write about his wine. I didn’t think twice so we met in Ljubljana. OK … where’s the passion so far? Well as curious as I am I wanted to know as much as I could about his philosophy, winemaking, his views etc. And quite a chat we had!
Nicholas is from New Zealand, yes you read right, New Zealand! After graduating his thirst for knowledge led him across the World. He worked in 14 wineries in 6 different countries (New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, USA and Slovenia). Combining his knowledge, experience and what he learned working with different winemakers has helped him to fully shape his own winemaking philosophy. He avidly believes that wine is made in the vineyard than it is the winemaker’s duty to express it as best as possible in the wine.
OK so we covered passion and one part of the love side, but why a guy from NZ is in Slovenia? When I asked him this question he smiled and said that he never would have imagined to end in Slovenia, but then again you never know who you’re gonna fall in love with. On a trip to Paris, France he met Marija and then in the city of love magic happened. They got in love, Nicholas moved to Slovenia and now they’re expecting their first baby. Now ain’t that a fairytale?
I’m telling you this because all of this is perceived in his wines. You can find them under the label Heaps Good Wine. If you find the name strange, well Heaps Good means that something is really good and so far I’m impressed. They produce 3 wines Sivi Pinot (Pinot Gris), Modra Frankinja (Blaufränkisch) and Modri Pinot (Pinot Noir). This time I’ll be writing about his Modra Frankinja, 2010 vintage.
The maceration took 21 days, 10 of it were at a controlled temperature of 8˚C. Then after the pressing it laid in French barrels (one 1 year old and one 2 year old). The wine endured a natural malolactic fermentation and after its completion it was racked off lees to a tank, sulphured and then returned to barrels. It was bottled in September 2011.
The wine is of a crystal garnety red color and has slightly purple borders. Of a quite dense consistency.
On the nose it is quite intense. At first I’m hit by a peppery note mixed with a note of cloves. Then it starts opening into notes of mature red fruit like cherries, blackcurrants jam, a hint of dried flowers, wood and a buttery note. A wine of complex and fine aromas.
A sip to wash the mouth and then another to fully taste it … Dry, warm and quite soft. Fresh, quite tannic and tasty. Quite balanced but its roughness prevails a bit (acids). A wine of a good, fine structure, intense with a quite persistent finish. Of a fine taste.
The wine is mature but this does not mean it has come to its end, quite the opposite I’d like to taste it again in 2 years. Its looks, aromas and taste make it a harmonious wine.
Here’s a list where you can find Heaps Good Wine’s wine. I’m sure it won’t be difficult to spot their distinct label, which really stands out. Try it and share your thoughts with me. I’ll be glad to read them and I’m sure Nicholas will be too.
Until the next post – Cheers my friends!
Spring is in its full bloom, sun is high and it all has the looks of a special day, one of those that you just need to celebrate with a glass worthy of it … It has to be not an ordinary one, it has to be one of those you’ve been keeping away on your special shelf. You know those bottles we all have stored for some special occasions and are usually covered by dust …
So it went … A look on the shelf stopped at it, shiny and resting, a bottle of Burja Noir, 2009 produced by Primož Lavrenčič, the master behind Burja Estate. We’re talking about a Pinot Noir here. Even though Primož is an enthusiast of local varieties he’s growing it as a challenge and an homage to Burgundy. And what of an homage we’re talking here …
Growing in windy Vipavska valley on marly soil the grapes are picked from 12 – 20 years old vines, 12 days of maceration and a controlled fermentation of 20 – 25 °C then laid to rest for 22 months in mostly barrique (10 % new).
The wine is clear of a red ruby color with a pronounced garnet shade. Quick turn in the glass to reveal we are dealing with a consistent Pinot Noir.
The nose is intense, complex and fine. A fruity aroma of ripe fruit like plum jam, Marascha cherry in brandy, chocolate, caffe, vanilla, black pepper, tobacco leaves, licorice, underwood and a note of venison. I also get some mineral – graphite notes.
A first sip to feel it is a dry, warm and soft wine while on the other hand it is a fresh, quite tannic and tasty. A full-bodied, balanced wine of an intense, persistent and fine taste.
The wine is mature and harmonious. I wouldn’t mind leaving it to rest for at least 3 years before trying it again again.
You can buy Burja Noir here and as I hear there are not a lot of bottles left. Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it sipping this wonderful Pinot Noir.
Cheers my friends!
For all of you visiting Vinitaly this year I have some nice news. Goriška Brda’s winemakers will be at PAD6, stand C4 united under the yellow colour of Rebula / Brda.
Besides Rebula you’ll be able to taste different wines produced by 11 winemakers present. If you’re interested in knowing more about Slovenian wine this is a chance you cannot miss. You’ll be able to meet the following winemakers:
With them also Andreja Lajh of Carpediem club will be there, and will be glad to introduce you to them. She’ll be there Monday, 26th March from 14:00 – 20:00 and Tuesday 27th of March from 10:00 – 14:00. You can also confirm your presence at the Facebook event page.
Some time ago I’ve stumbled across an article about Tilen Praportnik’s (SteraS) new wine. As curious as a winelover can be I couldn’t help myself but call Tilen for a bottle. This weekend I got the package but didn’t manage yet to afford a sip …
What gotten me to strive for this wine is Tilen’s passion in keeping and reviving old and forgotten Istrian wine varieties. In this wine he included some like:
- Beli refošk (White Refosco)
- Istrska belina
- Bela borgonja
- Dolski muškat
- Momjanski muškat and
Now tell me, except for Malvazija have you heard of any of them? I’m telling you I can’t wait tasting it and of course I’ll share my tasting notes with you.
For those of you interesting in what the article says I’m including a translation. The article was written by Sašo Dravinec and published in Primorske novice.
”Tilen Praprotnik has planted under Šared a lot of old already forgotten Istrian autochthonous varieties. Zlati cvet, a representant of his fresh line is a blend of pinjola, karniola, beli refošk, istrska belina, bela borgonja, izolanka, tržačanka, dolski muškat, momjanski muškat and malvazija. All varieties are equally represented in this wine. Zlati cvet, the name is taken from a Slovenian legend of a flourishing fern, is of a strawy yellow color with golden nuances. Gentle on the nose the aroma of pear outstands and is supplemented by a grown apples and floral and citrusy note. This perceptions are then repeated in the mouth. The wine is fresh with a long and fruity end. It is a pleasant, lightly drinking wine. Oenologically a contemporary wine wit an unmistakable archaical touch. The contact with this wine is an amazing learning hour of ransacking through roots.”
Here’s the scan of the article: