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 Pinot Noir Opoka 2016
Medium deep ruby colour, rich and pure aroma resembling dark cherry, Marasca cherry, bilberry, plum and blackberry, softly embraced by the rich aroma of vanilla, oak and smoke tones, forest brushwood, mushrooms and black pepper.
Dry, fresh wine with soft, distinguishing tannin, with elegant and full body. Highlighted tastes of dark berries, Marasca cherry, sweet spice and smoky tones. It leaves a very harmonic taste with a complexity of fruit tones and harmonised components.
From vines of around 20 – 45 years of age located in the Breg Cru and from the blocks on Marl soil. Fermentation in contact with skins of berries (maceration) for 14 days in 3,000 litre conical oak barrel (tino); without selected yeasts. Softly pressed with pneumatic pressure. 27 months in 225 litre French oak barrels (barrique), up to 30 % new barrels with one year in bottle.
290 cases made
The Opoka wines are the most prestigious from the winery and 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 during extensive core samples throughout all the estate’s vineyards are elligible for selection.