This Slovenian blend of Chardonnay and Rebula is fresh and fruity with hints of peach and citrus.
Veggie, Vegan, Sustainable, Carbon Neutral
Gašper is located in Goriška Brda, which makes up the two thirds of Collio stretching into Slovenia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia in north-eastern Italy. Goriška Brda has a climate ideally suited to viticulture, with its proximity to both the Adriatic Sea and the Alps providing dry, warm summers with cooling breezes during the crucial ripening period. The Gašper wine estate is a joint venture between a local cooperative and the Čarman family, who have been in the wine and hospitality business for over 50 years. At the helm of the cellar is Darinko Ribolica, a respected oenologist from Goriška Brda. He uses Slovenia’s local varieties, deeply rooted in Germanic, Slavic and Roman cultural influences, to create wines in a modern, fresh style.
The Gašper vineyards are between 10 and 25 years old, and characterised by ‘opoka’ marl soil and excellent sun exposure on terraced, hillside rows. There is also the benefit of altitude, ranging from 80-200 metres above sea level, which helps the grapes retain acidity and aromatics. Vines are single Guyot trained and planted at a density of 4,000 to 5,000 per hectare. All picking is done by cooperative partners, family members and friends, which allows for a careful selection of fruit that enhances the quality of the final wine.
55% Chardonnay, 45% Rebula. All fruit was pressed using a pneumatic press. 95% of the wine was fermented in stainless-steel tanks, with the remainder fermented in large, 6,000 litre Slavonian oak casks. After blending these components, the wine was matured in 100% stainless-steel tanks. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation to retain freshness and acidity.
This white wine has a light straw colour, it is fresh and fruity and displays hints of peach and citrus. A vibrant acidity and lovely roundness, from 5% of the wine being fermented in oak, combine on the palate in this compelling Slovenian blend.