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 Ribolla Opoka 2013
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.Only vines identified as growing on the Opoka soil suring extensive core samples throughout all the estate’s vineyards are elligible for selection.
The Ribolla Gialla Opoka comes from an acute selection from the estate’s oldest vines. Fermentation is in 4,000l oak with 6 days maceration on skins and the wine undergoes a partial malolactic fermentation. Aging is 12 months in 4,000l oak followed by a further 11 months in 500 litre barrel and a minimum 12 months in bottle. Seriously complex and fresh with apple skin, bitter almond and mineral in abundance and a long life of improving yet to come. The Opoka wines are the most gloriously textured of all Marjan’s wines.
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