Wine region: Slovenian Istria
Variety: 100% refosco
Maceration: 30 days, inox (stainless steel), indigenous yeasts
Maturation: 72 months in 225 liter French oak barrels
The color is deep ruby. The bouquet indicates a fully matured wine and is reminiscent of undergrowth, earth, vanilla, caramel. Dry, strong wine, tannins are completely softened, acids are still present. Very good and rich Refosco.
The wines from the Cru line are rich in color, extremely elegant and express a characteristic recognizable mineral note. These are more complex wines made from specially selected best grapes from older vineyards, where vine growth has slowed down years ago. The vine, which we have grown over the years to penetrate deeper with its root system, and with the organic matter of poor soils draws only minerals that provide its grapes with consistently high quality. The grapes are selected by hand at the moment of complete phenolic maturity.
Careful processing, maceration, slight long-term pressing, natural spontaneous fermentation without added selected yeasts in wooden barrels, low-lactic fermentation and varying lengths of maturation in different sized, exclusively wooden containers, give the wines a distinctive stamp. These wines are rich in color, intense, elegant and express a characteristic mineral note. These unfiltered wines are also extremely long. Wines with the CRU label are offered on the market only at the best vintages, after four to six years of maturation.
Parring with food: It is an excellent wine that can be served with plates of high modern cuisine and at the same time reward traditional dishes. It can be offered with a varied assortment of meat dishes such as venison and red meat in all forms.
Aging potential: The wine already shows its rich aroma and elegance. By maturing in the bottle, however, it will only gain in softness and elegance over time. Therefore, properly fed, it can be left to age for up to fifteen years.