Vintage wines

Vintage wines are the biggest challenge for any winemaker, who has to select the most appropriate positions in the vineyard for every single variety, wait for the vines to be old enough and wait for the fruitfulness to settle, hope for favourable weather conditions and then show all his winemaking skills in the cellar.

Maria Nevea 2006

In one word: summer. The intoxicating hot days, when the Christians celebrate Saint Mary of the Snows (5th August), is mirrored in the bouquet and in the taste of this robust wine. The fruit notes are very distinct, the yeasts have left a pleasurable note of bread crust, and the maturation in wooden barrels has given the wine its much needed broadness, while not taking away from its freshness. A wine for big occasions and dishes, where the chef can experiment with spices, seasonings and herbs.

Composition: Ribolla 40%, Chardonnay 30%, Pinot gris 30%
Wine region: Brda, Slovenia
Vineyards: Ronk, Breg, Hruševlje, Pri Hiši
Age of vineyards: 30–40 years
Harvest: 30 hl/ha
Soil: marl
Harvesting: hand-picking, Ribolla-beginning of October, Chardonnay-mid-September, Pinot gris-beginning of September
Vinification: the process is separate for each variety. 24 hour maceration at 18 °C, followed by the pressing with a pneumatic press and fermentation in stainless steel containers. The first racking takes place after fermentation and then the wine matures for another 10 months on fine lees. At the second racking, the wine is transferred into large oak barrels. We then try to find the right blend when combining the different wines and leave them to rest for some time before finally bottling them.
Alcohol: 14.0 % vol.
Sugar: 3.0 g/l
Total acids: 5.5 g/l