For tonight I’ve chosen Fornazarič‘s Jakot. A wine dressed in black to symbolize its attentive production process with maceration, maturation in oak and long bottle-ageing in the cellar. Try reading Jakot backwards, and you’ll soon learn what’s the grape variety behind. Yes, Sauvignon vert or Sauvignonasse.
The Fornazarič family has vineyards in the vicinity of the Vogrsko town. Vines of Jakot are planted on terraced, grassed slopes.
Grapes are hand-harvested at the end of September. After destemming and crushing the mash macerates for two days. The still fermenting most is transferred into a large oak barrel with fine lees following gentle pressing, where it matures for a year. It is then racked into stainless vats for another year and then bottled, just to undergo a long bottle-ageing process in the cellar.
Fornazarič’s Jakot displays a golden yellow colour and dense texture.
Its intense bouquet evokes mainly dried apple and pineapple slices. We also find hints of tropics reminding dried mango slices. Candied citruses are joined by a note of honey, wax, followed by roasted nuts, marzipan, caramel and a light tone of thyme.
Jakot has a soft palate, warmly hugging our mouth. At the same time, we detect ripe freshness and mineral salinity. A wine of intensity with flavours of candied fruit, honey wax, roasted nuts and caramel on the palate. Full-bodied with an elegant and lasting aftertaste.
This wine shows the character of this variety, suitable to produce intense and extractive wines, able to age well. It can be drunk now, but it will stay at this stage for the next five years for sure. A bottle will cost you approximately 15 Eur, and you can get it at Koželj, Vinoteka Sodček, TuamV, Enotheque, Green papa and Slovina.