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 Merlot Opoka 2015
Velvety ruby red color. Aromas of mature plums and dark berries gradually developing into the warmth of fruit confit, leather, black spices and tobacco. The first impression is sweet with a strong structure entwined with balancing freshnes. Long & harmonious with beautiful persistence and length of fruits, spices and structure.
The Merlot Opoka 2015 is the product of 58 year old vines in Brda. After wild yeast fermentation in Stainless Steel with around 1/3 full bunch the wine is aged in used 225l barrels (30% new) for a full 48 months.
420 cases made