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.
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Marjan Simcic Sauvignon Blanc Cru Selection 2018
The Sauvignon Cru Selection is sourced from fruit from both sides of the border with vines of between 20 and 40 years old planted on clay and marl soils.
Grapes are macerated for 4 days with ferment in stainless steel with wild yeasts. Aging then takes place in 5,000 litre conical oak (12 months) followed by 5 months in 500 litre tonneaux. Bottling takes place after a few months in barrel without filtration. An intense golden colour invites you to discover rich aromas and a well-developed body. Slow ageing has drawn out complex notes ranging from sage to paprika, from wild flowers to tobacco and leather: all rounded off in a long aftertaste.
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