It’s time to return to Pomurje, to the family Gjerkeš tonight, to taste their Sivi pinot or, as its international name goes – Pinot Gris. This is the variety that Leon has been fond of and believes in, but honestly, who wouldn’t, given the results he’s been able to produce.
It’s also the wine with which I was acquainted first with from the Gjerkeš arsenal, and it stuck firmly in my mind. And ever since, each vintage has been a constant, delivering top class results. 2018 has been produced by cold soaking grapes for one day. Then, after a gentle pressing, the juice was racked into stainless vats where it fermented and matured on fine lees for four months. Finally, it was bottled and waited patiently in the cellar to finally be introduced to the market.
This Pinot Gris displays an amber coloured shade, with quickly settling fluidity in the glass.
Aromas are intense, sumptuous, revealing peach, rosehip, red-orange, almond blossom and rose petals, even quince, caramel and a touch of butter.
A dry rendition with softness, freshness and salty minerality. A wine that feels balanced, with a full-bodied structure and flavours of citruses, blossom and herbs like thyme presenting on the palate. Its lasting persistence leaves a pleasant mineral aftertaste, alternating with its freshness, making it even more enjoyable—a wine of pronounced elegance and fullness that expresses its charisma.