Time to put your sunglasses on, as we are heading back to the village of Plešivo! This time to one of the most iconic families of Brda. If you read sunglasses, and family then you guessed already, we’re at Ščurek! And the wine in question? One of the most acclaimed expressions of Rebula in the world, I’m talking about Rebula Up, 2016. The wine that scored impressive 97 points at this years DWWA.
We’re in the vineyard of Grotišče, with vines counting up to 50 years of age. The altitude is between 120 and 180 meters above sea level, and it faces South East. Flysch is dominant here with intricating layers of sandstone, marlstone, limestone and mudstone.
Bunches were hand-harvested on 22nd September 2016. After destemming and crushing freerun juice, with 1/3 of the harvested Rebula skins, was left to ferment for 10 days in 500-litre oak barrels.
Following a gentle pressing, the wine was then transferred in 500-litre French and Slavonian oak barrels, and 30 % in acacia with fine lees, where it matured for 24 months and was racked periodically. There, it conducted full malolactic fermentation. Bottled after coarse filtration, it was left to school for another 6 months before entering the market.
This results in a Rebula of a glowing, deep, golden yellow colour with a dense texture.
The bouquet is intense, luxurious. It evokes ripe apple, mango, yellow fig, sultana raisins, yellow rose, candied citruses, vanilla, croissant, coconut, honey, Boswellia, wild mint and sage. Finishing off with a slightly smoky note and whitened marl.
The taste is intense, with an oily, soft texture, yet youthfully fresh and mineral salty merging in a balanced taste. A masterfully produced Rebula with a vigorous body and a noble, very persistent taste that enchants you in a swirl of luscious emotions.
You can order it at eVino for the price of 46,90 Eur, and you can forget you did that for at least the next 7 years at it has a tremendous ageing potential that will only ennoble it.