Let’s introduce another winemaker whom we haven’t yet had the chance to meet on my blog. So we’re stopping at Marko Skočaj, the charismatic winemaker behind Dolfo wines. We’ll have a look at his expression of Pinot Gris, which was produced with protective winemaking methods.
Marko Skočaj produces a range of wines, from vineyards that span over good 15 hectares on the Italian and Slovenian sides of Brda. He’s probably known best for his Spirito, a sparkling wine produced with 70 % Chardonnay and 30 % Pinot Noir, but tonight it’s all about his Pinot Gris.
Bunches are destemmed with berries going into the pneumatic press, where they cold soak for two hours. The gently pressed juice with fine less it then racked into stainless vats where it ferments at controlled temperatures. Sediment is regularly stirred during maturation. In January, it is decanted and in May prepared for bottling.
This result in a crystal clear, strawy yellow coloured Pinot Gris with a golden border and dense texture in which we observe densely concentrated tears.
Its bouquet is intense, fruit-driven. We detect peach, yellow apple, tropical fruit, pomelo, almond blossom and a slight scent of straw.
It acts softly and reasonably warm. Freshness is crisp, cleaning the softness and leaving a mineral signature with flavours of almond and fruit. An elegant, fair structured wine with lasting persistency.
An ideal wine to enjoy on warm summer days or as an accompaniment to appetizers. A bottle will cost you approximately 10 Eur, and you can order it at eVino.