The Slovenian region of Brda lies immediately to the east of Italy’s Collio region. The two denominations, in reality, comprise one contiguous quality wine zone whose terroir is rudely bisected by an international border. Today many winemakers and grapes cross the border in both directions in short journeys from vineyard to cellar. The Simcic family trace their wine making story in the region back to 1860. Their aim is to respect the historic traditions of the region in both viticulture and wine-making. The vineyards are farmed organically, yields are kept low and only natural yeasts are used. Marjan is one of the best young winemakers in Europe and has honed his knowledge of his land all his life and works to progress the quality of the wines tirelessly every year. The wines are divided into three distinct ranges. The Classic range is from the youngest vines (often up to 35 years old, however) and is made to provide wines for earlier release. Fermentation and aging takes place in stainless steel following 2 days of maceration, they then age for up to 8 months on the fine lees.
Marjan Simcic Chardonnay Opoka 2016
Opoka is the local term for the marl mineral soil of the area. These wines are only made in the best vintages and are the product of a strict selection and represent the best of the best.These wines are only made in the best vintages and are the product of a strict selection and represent the best of the best.Only vines identified as growing on the Opoka soil suring extensive core samples throughout all the estate’s vineyards are elligible for selection.
The Chardonnay Opoka is selected from the oldest vines (45 – 50 years). Fermentation occurs in 4,000 litre conical oak with 4 days maceration on the skins. Aging takes place in 3,00 litre Allier oak tonneaux (70 %) & 225l barrique (30%) for 23 months followed by a minimum of 4 months in bottle. Mineral laden with swooshes of vanilla and toast over the tropical fruits leading to a saline finish.
250 cases made