Batic, Sivi pinot 2002
Vipava Valley lies on the very west of Slovenia. Because of its geographical location, Vipava Valley has two climates every day. In the afternoon, it is warmed by the warm Mediterranean air, and in the evening cooled by the fresh mountain air. The daily exchange of Mediterranean and Alpine climate, with an optimum precipitation and winters that are not too dry or too cold, make this an ideal place to grow vines. The Slovenian winemakers realized it very early on, so this vine growing region today cultivates numerous varieties: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Tokay, Goldmuskateller, Malmsey, Ribolla, Pinela, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Frank, Merlot...
Batic in Sempas Homestead near Nova Gorica has more than 16 hectares of vineyards, but they are not in one piece, but spread out over six locations. According to the owner Ivan Batic, this vineyard cottage wishes to remain a small vineyard cottage with great wines, keeping the production as true to the nature as possible. We were convinced that these are not empty words by this bottle of 2002 Pinot Gris. When we saw the vintage, we were at first a bit suspicious, but on the first smell, and especially taste, all our doubts about the quality of this wine were gone. Despite the six-year aging, this wine is still in perfect form. Not only did it not lose, but it gained on additional quality.
This is a rich and lavish White Burgundy in which the primary fruit aromas turned into accentuated notes of smoke, walnut and spices. The flavor has discreet notes of honey, so the entire composition is lavish and very much layered. The wine has a very nice viscosity in the glass. In its poorer versions, Pinot Gris can be very much light, fresh and neutral, however this one seems to have and Alsace character. The aftertaste is creamy, rounded and suggests deliciosity. It has 12,2 percent of alcohol by volume, and it's interesting that this "series 1", as the winemaker designated it, has only 1.500 bottles. This is a wine that aged very nicely so far, but we dare say that it will keep on being in good shape. Let us mention in the end that the its bottle was designed by a famous Slovenian designer, Oskar Kogoj.
Best paired with:
cream soups, fish dishes, white meat or vegetable risottos, medium hard cheeses. Gastro.hr recommends rabbit stew with this wine.
around HRK 110