Sanctum – My red, 2015

Sanctum - My red, 2015
Sanctum – My red, 2015
Photo: Mihaela Majerhold – Ostrovršnik

Time to introduce a new wine cellar on my blog. We’ll be heading to the village of Loče for this, where the Podbukovšek family is home. They release wines under the brand Sanctum and focus their production on Chardonnay and Pinot noir, but there’s also some Syrah. And tonight, we’ll look at their red blend, the My red 2015, which did barrel ageing.

History tells viticulture around the slopes of Loče was widespread already in the 12th Century, primarily thanks to the Carthusian monks, and there had to be something about the terroir on these slopes, as we’re about to witness in the following lines.

My red blends Pinot noir with Syrah from vines planted on south-facing steep slopes, as the incline is between 30 to 40 %, and are planted between 300 and 400 meters above sea level with soils consisting of predominantly marl and some spots of clay.

Hand-harvested grapes go through a thorough examination, and only the best berries are used in the vinification. After destemming and crushing, the mash ferments spontaneously in small fermenters. Finally, it is gently pressed, and the young wine matures in barrels. For Syrah, 500-litre Slavonian oak barrels are used, and it stays there for forty-eight months, while Pinot Noir is racked into French barriques for thirty-six months. After the assemblage, the wine is bottled without filtration and waits for at least another year before coming to the market.

Sanctum’s My red is a rather transparent, ruby red coloured wine with a dense texture.

His intense bouquet emanates sophistication. We identify plums, ripe cherries, violet petals, notes of vanilla, cherry pie, cloves, pepper, chocolate, coffee, mint and eucalyptus.

The palate is soft, reasonably warm, with just the right amount of freshness and satin tannins to balance the taste. A wine of intensity, accentuated elegance and lasting persistency, in which flavours of cherry, plum, pepper, chocolate and sweet spices are mainly reflected.

A wine that expresses the nobility of Pinot noir, adding a touch of pepper and spice from Syrah, all in all, working in harmony, complementing and elevating each other, and it still has the potential to evolve for the next seven years. A bottle will cost you approximately 25 Eur, and you can order it at Mabat-Int, Fine Slovenian wine, Mimovrste, Deliz, Stara trta and Restaurant Manna.

Sanctum - My red, 2015
Photo: Mihaela Majerhold – Ostrovršnik

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