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!