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 Teodor Bianco Cru Selection 2016
Teodor Belo Selekcija is a blend of 60% Ribolla Gialla with equal parts Sauvignonasse and Pinot Grigio. All grapes undergo skin maceration, 14,5 & 2 days respectively, then ferment takes place on the skins in 30hl conical oak for the Ribolla Gialla (6 days) and stainless steel for the remainde (2 days). The individual wines are aged for 22 months in both 500l barrel (Pinot Grigio & Sauvignonasse) and 30hl barrel. Bold structure, dried flowers and vanilla filled with dried peach, apricot and apple with a long mineral finish. 280 cases made
The Selekcija range of Cru Selections are all sourced from old vines growing in the very best sites. The wines are fermented in wood on the skins and then undergo a long aging in large wood.