Sumenjak - Alter, Štajerska, Slovenia (2020)
Amber in the glass with notes of clementines and tangerines, subtle pot pourri and bitter pomelo. A long, bright finish.
A blend of organically-farmed Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscaris from marl and sandstone soils. Grapes were hand-harvested and co-fermented on the skins using native yeasts in open vats, followed by a 24 month aging period in barrique. Unfined, unfiltered with no SO2.
|REGION||Solvenia > Štajerska|
|GRAPE(S)||Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscaris|
In the northeast portion of the country, nearer the border with Austria than Italy, the Šumenjak estate is beset among the wine-rich Slovene hills, technically a part of Lower Styria, a thirty-minute drive north of the city of Maribor. It is a picturesque region of Europe, with bucolic vistas that immediately bring to mind the sense of verdant peace recalled by some of the best that pastoral literature has to offer.