Hello wine lovers!
We’re continuing our disovery of Slovenian wine at the North-Eastern part of our country. I am writing this time about Renski rizling (White Riesling) wine produced by the Kupljen family from the Podravje region. To point more exactly the microlocation is Jeruzalem hills – famed from ancient times as an excellent location to grow Riesling.
The Kupljen family produces wines from vineyards located in Jeruzalemsko-Svetinjske gorice hills. Their beginnings date as back as 1836 and to mention from recent history Jože Kupljen was among the first Slovenian winemakers that launched Vino Kupljen as a private label in 1976. The Jeruzalem hills area is renowned for emphasizing fruitiness, freshness and minerality in wine and you really sense this in their wine.
I got the pleasure of tasting this Riesling at a beneficial event a dear friend and well known wine expert – Mira Šemić hosted and I knew right away I had to share the impressions with you.
This wine is the result of a late harvest. And you can sense all the benefits of over matured grapes involved in the production when tasting it. It pictures of a golden color, it is rather dense and crystal clear.
What hits you are its intense aromas of ripe fruit like peaches, mango pineapple, a citrusy hint of pomelo and also hints of tarragon and dried pelargonium flower. And of course its distinctive mineral aromas of petroleum with a hint of flint too. A very reach bouquet.
In the mouth it is dry, warm and soft but also fresh and of a pronounced minerality. Both sides are playing nicely in between, making it quite balanced. It is an elegant, intense, full bodied wine with a long finish.
A harmonious, mature wine which is now at its best shape. If you manage give it a try.
You can order it online here.