Tonight we’re moving to the Dolenjska region, to the slopes of Trška Gora, where the Colnar family shapes their winemaking and gastronomic story. We’ll be tasting a unique white blend tonight, marked by two years of maturation in a large acacia barrel. I’m speaking of their Collis white.
Collis is a variety represented by equal shares of Welschriesling, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. After 48 hours of cold maceration, the wine waits for 42 days in stainless steel vats.
It is then racked to mature for another 24 months in a 2,500-liter acacia barrel, and the result is a character wine that impresses the drinker with a wide range of aromas and an almost balanced taste.
Collis shows a deep, golden yellow colour and density.
The bouquet is intense and reveals its maturation in the wooden vessel. We perceive ripe yellow apple, pineapple slices, lemon and clementine peel, yellow rose, wax, lemon balm, cinnamon and vanilla, nicely bound with buttery notes, marzipan and caramel.
It acts oily in the mouth, dry, and reasonably warm. Its freshness stands out slightly, and at the end, it presents a slightly spicy note, which emphasises the persistence and elegance of this full-bodied wine. Flavours of dried fruit, honey, wax and sweet spices also repeat on the palate.
A wine with longevity is excellent for drinking now, but it will keep its shape for at least the next five years. A bottle will cost you approximately 13 Eur, and you can order it at their webshop or find it at Be wines, E-kmetije and Sava valley wines.
The Colnar family is also known for their Zidanica, a local inn where they will accompany their wines with local dishes and delicacies, a must-visit and a treat for the thirsty/hungry traveller.