Tonight we’re heading back to Korte to look at a wine that bravely challenges common understandings of how stainless steel produced wine should feel like. We’re at Korenika & Moškon looking at their blend of 50 % Pinot Blanc, 35 % Malvasia, and 15 % Sauvignon Blanc named Tris.
Just mentioning these varieties for Slovene Istria feels odd. Apart from Malvasia, the other two grapes are less common here. Speaking especially of Sauvignon – for this one, Matej says they were the first to plant it and probably among the first to try and change it … as it’s simply too hot in Istria. Well, with the right selection of plots, they’ve managed to keep a portion that found its way in this atypical blend.
Grapes come from three respective vineyards, Kalcinar counting 23, Bankina counting ten and Vala counting nine years. The exposures are south to southwest with soils composed of limestone and marl with sea sediments at altitudes between 15 and 35 meters above the sea level. All looked after following biodynamic principles.
Bunches are hand-picked at optimal ripeness. They are destemmed, crushed and left to macerate for 48 days at temperatures not higher than 28 ° Celsius with spontaneous fermentation. Following gentle pressing, the young wine is moved into stainless vats with fine lees where it’s continuously racked, also conducting malolactic fermentation. After six months, it’s ready for coarse filtration and bottling, becoming the first wine to enter the market.
This process creates a crystal, golden yellow coloured wine with a dense texture.
Intense scents are reminiscent of ripe yellow apple, kiwi, gooseberry, papaya, pomelo and bergamot. Hints of yellow rose petals are followed by a perception of straw, all lined with a herbal note of mint and rosemary.
The palate is dry, soft, with warmness nicely incorporated into the structure. At the same time, it feels fresh and minerally salty – as a gentle reminder of the vineyards where grapes are coming from. Flavours reconfirm, in particular, herbal perceptions intertwining with tropical fruit. It is a medium-bodied wine with an intense and elegant taste with a medium-lasting, mostly mineral finish.
Tris is a wine that many will enjoy as it acts as a bridge between lovers of fresh styled wines and those of prolonged skin contact ones. A bottle of Tris will cost you approximately 10 Eur, and you can order it on their website or Koželj. You can drink it now, and it will easily keep in shape for the next three years.