White Wine 8
Hello wine lovers!
Well here we go again, finally time has come to finish this break – hope you didn’t miss me too much. We are starting this time with a wine that is coming from Steyer family, a Gewürztraminer which in Slovenia is called Dišeči traminec.
The Steyer family cultivates 16 hectares of vineyards on the south to south-eastern slopes of Plitvice, Aženski top and Police with the cellar located in Apače – Plitvica. Vineyards are planted with Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Rheinriesling, Sauvignon, Yellow Muscat, Welschriesling, Pinot blanc and two red wine varieties – Pinot noir and Zweigelt.
Gewürztraminer is rendering top quality wine in the wine-growing distirct Radgona-Kapela gorice. Therefore the largest part of their vineyards is planted with it. They are cultivating it with greatest attention. Its attention is respected also in the cellar since it is their goal to produce a large palette of Traminer varieties starting from wines of normal vintage to special vintage wine sorts of the entire quality range. Absolutelz to mention also their sparkling wine made from Gewürztraminer by the classical méthode champenoise, and Gewürztraminer exclusive which was laid in oak barrels.
On the market you can find their wine sorted in 3 different ranges; white label which marks fresh wines ideal for every occasion, black label representing richer, more mature wines refined in oak barrels and black label with golden inscription which dedicated to predicates.
So here we go with this Gewürztraminer vintage 2011, as you see from images it is baring the white label and it is medium-sweet.
The wine is of a straw yellow color and has golden nuances. It is dense and crystal clear. On the nose it is intense and fine with aromas of ripe fruit like pears, strawberries, citruses, melon … You sense also floral notes of roses, spices like cloves and a gentle note of honey. It has a nice mineral note in the background too. It has a complex bouquet.
As mentioned the taste is medium-sweet, medium warm and soft, but has also a nice freshness and tasty. It is balanced, intense, elegant, of a full body and quite persistent. It is a harmonious wine ready to be fully appreciated now.
As you noticed even though this wine is wearing a white label the Gewürztraminer is represented at its best and it is also a good price-performance wine you can find on the market. I encourage you to try it and if you can share your taught in comments.
Until the next time cheers!
Hello wine lovers!
Let me start this with a toast, a toast to Jean Kabaj, as the occasion calls with his Luisa, vintage 2010. I’ve presented briefly Jean and his Amfora in one of my previous posts and the toast this time is well deserved. Jean made it to the top 100 wineries of the year according to Wine & Spirits magazine! And lucky as I am, I managed to catch him at home right after his return from the tour around US, having the pleasure of exchanging few words with him and his wife Katja.
Chatting with Jean, a French oenologist who years ago moved to Goriška Brda, is always a pleasant experience, decisive, focused, deep and straight forward those are the adjectives that would best describe him … And so are his wines.
I’m toasting with Luisa, 2010 vintage – a blend of Pinot Blanc, Chardonay and Rebula. It is named after his grandmother – Luisa. Earlier this wine was called Luisa Prestige and it was the first wine that introduced me to Jean’s wines. Luckily I still hold one bottle of the 2001 vintage carefully stored as it has great aging potential.
Luisa fermented in large (2.400 liters) oak vats, then it was laid in French oak barriques for 12 months and 4 months in bottles before entering the market. Its color is of a deep golden yellow notes, is dense and crystal clear, literally shining in the glass.
The nose is intense and very fine, with aromas of mature fruit like peaches, apricots, pears, you also sense a citrusy aroma of lemon. A lovely aroma of thyme in the background, but also aromas of vanilla and acacia flower. A very reach bouquet.
On the taste it is dry, hot and soft and on the other side fresh and tasty – confirming its brilliance. A balanced wine of with an intense and elegant taste that has a long finish and a full body.
A harmonious wine that can be easily enjoyed now or left for a couple of years to mature even more.
Jeans wines are available in the US at Blue Danube Wine for ordering on-line but it should also be easy to find them in some of the best wine bars over there. If you find yourself cruising through Goriška Brda make sure to stop at Šlovrenc where you’ll be able to also enjoy in some of their exquisite cuisine – in this period you’ll probably stumble across Jean in front of the oven making some delicious pot-roasts.
And if you’re near Gorizia – It this week-end come to Corso Verdi 65, you’ll be able to taste Kabaj wine.
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.
This post is about one of those wines you don’t just open at any occasion. And such was this case. It was a special celebration among friends and family joining together and having a nice time, celebrate and learn something new about wine. This Pinot blanc was the surprise of the night and judging by the feedback it left a huge impression.
This wine pictures itself in a godlen tone of old gold with intense shades of older gold on borders, it is crystal clear and of a rather density.
It is intense and very fine on the nose, with a very rich bouque of aromas like honey, acacia, over dried fruit like pineapple, citruses, dried camomile, straw, varnish and they keep coming. Well it was sealed for 31 years.
It is dry, rather hot and soft. Rather fresh with a distinct mineral presence making it a rather balanced wine, the harder side is prevailing. It is a noble, intense and persistently robust one for sure. A harmonious, mature Pinot Blanc which still hasn’t said it’s last word and can easily be stored for a couple of years more … A must try!
You can find it in vinska klet Goriška Brda‘s stores, I advise you first check the availability.
Aaaah the Pikolit, a grape that almost fell out of the radar, as its growing is demanding. It tends to develop floral abortion – a malady where the flowering buds don’t develop properly and often fall off resulting in smaller crops. You can see an amazing image of the grape here.
You’re probably familiar with Italy’s DOCG Colli orientali del Friuli Picolit often vinified in sweet or medium sweet versions, but you can find it also in Slovenia. Here it is spelled PiKolit though and you will find also dry versions of it. An interesting thing is that you find Pikolit wine also in the Vipava valley district but usually there it is used to name sweet wine from dried grapes – though some producers planted recently some vineyards with it.
The Pikolit I’m writing about is a 2009 vintage and Ščurek family produces it with pride and loving attention, as they do with all their wine. The grapes passed through a 24 – hour maceration and the wine was laid to rest in new acacia and oak barrels for 18 months.
In the eye it pictures with a golden yellow color with intense borders shading of an amber color, crystal and on the denser side.
On the nose you are hit with intense, very fine aromas of ripe yellow fruit like quince, European pear, dried flowers notes like acacia, with a herbal note of sage, spices – vanilla and I even sensed some scents of hay, definitely a very rich bouquet.
In the mouth it reveals to be a medium dry, warm and soft, just to be followed by its freshness and tastiness. The play of sides is really interesting as it presents a nice balance in its sweetness and freshness though the hard side prevails, but just for a little.
The wine is mature and it will be kept at life for quite some time by both alcohol – measuring 14,5 %, and freshness. A harmonious wine, ideal to be either enjoyed alone, or with aged cheese or why not trying it with a nice dish of gnocchi with truffles …
If you’re in China, you can meet in person Stojan Ščurek and with him you’ll also have the chance to try Steyer and Santomas wines from Slovenia. They are at the Langham Place – Hong Kong today with the World’s Leading Wines Event, tomorrow they’ll be in Shanghai and on the 1st November in Beijing.
You can find this exact Pikolit here (with international shipping).
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:
Hello wine lovers!
I am in a pleasant company at this time and I want to share it with you. I’m talking about Malvazija 2007, produced by the Kocjančič family. After a 24-hour, temperature controlled maceration in open vinificators 50% of it laid in inox and 50% in oak barrels for 12 months. It has 13,5 vol. % of alcohol.
The wine is of a straw yellow color, with golden nuances, it is crystal clear and rather dense.
It is rather to intense and fine on the nose. You can find flowery nuances of acacia, grown fruit like pineapple, citurses, hazelnuts and spices like liquorice. I could also smell a bit of honey nuance. Definitely of a reach bouquet.
It is dry, rather hot which means the alcohol is well incorporated and of a rather softness. It is fresh, mineral and rather balanced with freshness and mineralty prevailing. This wine is elegant, intense, full-bodied and has a lastingly aftertaste.
It is definitely a harmonic wine and properly mature. It has a lot of life in it.
This is an elegant, well-structured Malvazija with reach aromas. In mouth it surprises with a wave of freshness only to open the palate to the mineralty and its body.
I’d recommend this wine with seafood or white meat.
I visited Kocjančič vineyards twice last year and always had a terrific time with Tadej. Here’s some moments I caught with my camera, hope you’ll get a nice insight at where and how their wine is produced.
Hello wine lovers!
Yesterday was warm and sunny, just the right one for a sip of the wine I’m about to describe. I’m talking about Malvazija 2007, produced by Rodica family.
Lets start right away…
This wine is of a straw yellow color, with golden reflections, it is crystal-clear and rather dense.
It is has a fine and intense aroma, ranging from flowers like acacia and camomile
towards fruit like pineapple and citruses, with a rather rich bouquet.
It is dry, rather hot and rather soft, while on the other side you sense its freshness and mineralty, prevailing on the balance. It’s an elegant medium to full-bodied wine, with an intense taste and a rather long finish.
This is a harmonic wine, that is properly mature.
It definitely is a lovely Malvazija and if speaking of combining it with food you won’t mistake serving it with seafood (mussels, scampi, various fish fillets).