Wine-growing country Primorje, Vipavska dolina
red blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon: Potoče (0.5 ha, altitude 90 m a.s.l.),
5400 vines/ha, plant age 18 – 20 years, single guyot training system.
Merlot: Plače breg (0.8 ha, altitude 140 m a.s.l.),
6000 vines/ha, plant age 10 years, single guyot training system.
400 bottles / 30 cases
14.5 vol. %
Recomended serving temperature
All the vines are very low yielded, 20% of them up to 6 clusters per vine. The grapes are very well matured; grape tops removed by seizers in beginning of August (at veraison).
Two days of cold and 8 days of classic maceration. The wine is aged for 16 months in Slavonian and French oak barrique barrels (10% of new barrels). Controlled malolactic fermentation and 3 months of active batonaging.
Modern Bordeaux blend typical for the left bank of the river Gironde with lighter body but rich tannic structure with recognizable aromatic of cabernet Sauvignon. Because of the nice freshness the wine matures in the bottle.
Ruby color with youthful violet hues. Mature aromas of ripe red fruits (bramble, blackcurrant, raspberry, sour cherry), carob, spicy cinnamon notes, vanilla and some smoky notes. Ready to drink now but has a long life, 5 – 10 years.
Food and Wine
Recommended to pair with all kinds of red meat, venison and spicy dishes, in a few years also by itself in special gatherings.
Weather Characteristics of Vintages:
Early warm spring and budding followed by a strong rainy period in May. A little later blooming finished in the first week of June. Three waves of extreme summer temperatures (38 – 40 C). Rainfalls with summer showers evenly disposed. Shorter period of dry weather at the end of July. Slightly later ripening, in the last days of August the beginning of the harvest of early varieties. A nice September with some low rainfall that did not affect the course of the harvest. End of the harvest on 9 October.