We’re returning to the village of Pristavo, to the Erzetič family and their Čarga wines. We’ll be tasting the cuvée Ta star, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc that matured in oak.
Ta star is an expressive wine that has been produced with grapes coming from three vineyards – Pongrad, Vrtič and Draga. Exposure covers southeast and west, and they are planted at altitudes between 120 and 200 meters above sea levels, with respective ages between 20 and 30 years. For a part of grapes, passerillage is used.
Each variety is harvested and produced separately. After destemming and crushing, the juice macerates for 21 days before a gentle pressing. The wine is then racked into barriques, where it performs the malolactic conversion and matures for three years before being bottled.
Ta star boasts a ruby red colour with a slightly translucent edge and dense texture.
The bouquet is highlighted and pampers us with black cherry jam, blackberries, raspberries, rose and violet petals. Eventually, we glimpse a scent of cocoa, red pepper and vanilla, while the background expresses cinnamon, a touch of laurel and light smoke.
The taste is intense and youthful. We detect softness and warmth, but the acids are still youthful, and its tannins are slowly rounding off. A wine of virtue with a lasting, elegant aftertaste.