Oh, what a Merlot I’ve poured myself tonight. It’s the latest wine produced by Marjan Simčič. His Merlot Cru Selection harvested in 2016. A wine so well crafted, it sparkles with self-confidence and enchants with its style.
Only selected bunches from vineyards named Berič and Malno were used for this wine. Vines are old between 20 and 25 years and planted in Opoka (a combination of marl, slate and sandstone) on southwest-facing slopes at an altitude between 150 and 250 meters above sea level.
Grapes were hand-harvested at the end of September, after destemming and crushing the pomace macerated for 21 days in 5.000 oak vinificators with spontaneous fermentation. After a gentle pressing, the young wine was racked in barrique barrels where it matured for 42 months, also conducting malolactic conversion. Finally, it was bottled in June 2020 without fining and filtration. It waited then patiently in the cellar for six months before coming to the market.
All this care created a Merlot of deep ruby red colour, with a dense texture that creates slowly slipping ruby tears on the glass walls.
The bouquet is sumptuously refined, luxurious. We notice black cherries, blackberries, cranberries, hints of tobacco leaves, black peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon. We notice buttery hints, vanilla and sweet spices binding it all in aromas, recalling a delicious sour cherry sponge cake. They are lately followed by wood, eucalyptus, hummus and hints of graphite.
The taste is dry, soft and has well-integrated alcohols. Lively freshness refreshes us and leaves a mineral underpinning. Tannins show the character of grape and wood and intricate into a firm, mouth-drying sensation. They are slowly rounding up and just displaying the potential of this wine for ageing. Ultimately this Merlot delivers an intense journey of flavours and sensations that lasts and lasts. An elegant aristocrat, one could say.
This wine has the potential to age for at least ten years, and it will only evolve and further shape its style. Marjan managed to produce another fantastic rendition of this noble variety. A bottle will cost you approximately 26,49 Eur, and you can order it straight at their website, or eVino or FinaVina.