Wine-growing country Primorje, Vipavska dolina
red blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot: Plače breg (0.8 ha, altitude 140 m a.s.l.),
6000 vines/ha, plant age 10 years, single guyot training system.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Potoče (0.5 ha, altitude 90 m a.s.l.),
5400 vines/ha, plant age 18 – 20 years, single guyot training system.
11500 bottles / 960 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.
Ruby color with youthful violet hues. Mature aromas of ripe red fruits (bramble, raspberry, maraschino cherry), carob, spicy cinnamon notes, vanilla and some smoky notes. Recognizable aromatic of cabernet sauvignon (blackcurrant). Classical modern Bordeaux wine, ready to drink now but with 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 spring and budding at the end of March. Early flowering, followed by optimal conditions for the development of berries until ripening at the end of July. The ripening was slightly slowed by the arid August, but the harvest began in late August. A rare example of a straight, determined vintage with no major stress. Nature is generous everywhere, so the vintage is recognizable in quality and quantity and in the lack of vessels. Harvesting of mid-early varieties in the middle and late varieties in late September. Finish of the harvest on October 4.
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