Vipava Valley, Primorska
15 - 17°C
Rich, excitingly elegant. Elegant for 5 years.
Red wine of matured red fruit notes (cherry, maraschino cherry, bramble), dry plums. Smoky and with hints of soil on the palate and nose.
The wine is matured, elegant, drinkable now but also suitable for aging 4 – 6 years.
All the vines are very low yielded, lowered further by frost in March. Grapes very well matured.
Before maceration 15% of the must is taken away (saigner) to concentrate colour and tannins. 10 days of maceration in stainless steel tank. One day raise of temperature to 30 °C for grape seed tannin extraction. 14 months ageing in Slavonian and French oak barrique barrels. Controlled malolactic fermentation and 6 months of active batonaging.
FOOD AND WINE: Recommended to all kind of red meat, venison and spicy dishes. Suitable for consuming unaccompanied by food in calmer evening gatherings.
WEATHER CHARACTERISTICS OF VINTAGES: Early spring and budding in March. This is followed by heavy spring frost at the lowest positions in late April. Flowering is completed in May. Optimal conditions for berry development. An alternation of longer sunny and shorter rainy periods follows. A very early onset of ripening is slowed by the longer dry period with extreme temperatures (40 °C) in August. A very long rainy season in September finished by strong burja wind during the last week. Harvesting of early varieties in late August, harvesting of mid-early and late varieties merged into the same term in late September, ending October 1